The FaceApp photo editing application, which uses AI to create various effects (aging, gender reassignment, beard imposition, etc.), is again at the peak of its popularity on social networks, but members of the US Democratic Party are wary of this hype.
The National Committee of the US Democratic Party sent out a warning that this application could be used by Russian hackers to interfere in the political life of the United States during the upcoming presidential campaign 2020. Senator Chuck Schumer officially appealed to the FBI to investigate the application FaceApp for violations of national security.
“It would be deeply troubling if the sensitive personal information of U.S. citizens was provided to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States,” – the part of the letter from Sen. Schumer says.
Representatives of the application claim that FaceApp uploads to its own servers only those images of users that they want to edit. Although some photos are uploaded to the company’s servers, in order to improve performance, they are removed from there after 48 hours.
At first glance, it may seem that the US Democratic Party is too cautious about the Russian origins of the FaceApp application, but they have a good reason for it. The fact is that Russian hackers repeatedly interfered in the political life of the United States during the presidential campaign of 2016.
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