Was Your Face Stolen This Week? – Do Not Read Until Monday
We should all concentrate on not melting instead and Do Not Read Until Monday.
The Week All Our Faces Were Stolen
What do you do if you really want to see what you may look like in 30 years, provided you age pretty immaculately, but also don’t want to have your face and likeness archived by a Russian developer who could then, say, use it to DeepFake you?
Well, that’s the Ethics 101 question we confronted this week.
On the face (sorry, had to) of it, the #AgeChallengebrought nothing new to social media – we can look old, young, like cats, aliens … literally whatever floats through the mind of a Snapchat or Instagram developer. And FaceApp is 100% not new, so most of the pearl-clutching over privacy probably came from people who gave their data away years ago to make Donald Trump smile, change Evan Spiegel to Natalie Portmanand anything to do with the company’s ‘race filters.’
Well, now we’re in a slightly more privacy-conscious age, and #AgeChallenge trends. People still complete the challenge. Others say the developer (from Russia!) is storing your face. Still others say privacy concerns are overblown…
Rather than say who’s right on this, it’s more interesting to observe as a study of what features we trade-off for privacy. Like, Facebook, Google, etc., have sooo much data on users, and have leaked it like a million times. They can show you as an older person, let you cosplay as a Boomer, insert Childish Gambino to your selfie, book your flights, schedule service appointments, etc., etc.
Backlash toward FaceApp seemed equal if not exceeding that in the wake of some of the privacy scandals of Facebook.
Maybe because it’s just a silly app that makes you look older.
Facebook Catches Congressional Heat Over Libra Currency
Congress held hearingsover Facebook’s Libra currency this week, with one member saying outright Facebook should kill the project. The company framed it in terms of American tech innovation, saying if we don’t, China will.
Odds + The End
- It was World Emoji Day, so good enough to see what new ones we’ll get this year.
- TikTok’s testing – like, everything. Facebook/Google sign in, WhatsApp sharing, a ‘gram-esque Discover tab, and more.
- TikTokers themselves seemed to take over VidCon– traditionally a YouTube-centric event – which is less concerning than letting “TikTokers” slide as a word humans use.
- The NY Times thinks, in time, they’ll take over more than that. Tick, tock…
- Meanwhile, Facebook hopes a Vine executive will get them back in the kids’good graces.
- A report shows under-14s, a.k.a. literally the kids, are spending 30+ hours on phones.
- As for U.S. adults, well, 1 in 20 follows @realdonaldtrump.
- They also bought a lot of stuffon Prime Day. (The most stuff!)
- If you didn’t catch a sweet deal on an Echo or AirPods, don’t worry – you may be able to buy themin your next … Uber?
- Also in the running for oddest partnership of the week? Southwest Airlines offering pointswhen you rent out your own car via Turo.
- Snap also renewed a partnershipwith Chinese search giant Baidu for ad serving, which would make more sense if you could use its app in that country.
- And you can now listen to Disney songs with far less legworkon Spotify.
- Disney, with its forthcoming streaming service, is also one player putting pressure on Netflix, which reported a loss in subscribers for the first time in 8 years.
- It’s other competitors continue to make content moves as well… HBO Max will bring back Gossip Girl, Apple has Snoopyand Hulu nabbed NASA.
- If that news doesn’t put space-nerds on the moon, perhaps NatGeoor this independent account can help by “live-tweeting” the Apollo 11 landing.
- Twitter started rolling out its redesignand everyone complained until they didn’t anymore.
- Its ‘hide replies’ feature went live in Canadaas well, and it’s testing identification iconsthat display on reply tweets.
- Instagram also has been hiding, as its like-hiding test rolled out to more countries.
- It’s also offering a bit more warning and negotiationbefore banning accounts.
- What’s AI up to this week? Solving a rubik’s cube.
- July 19, 2019