The popular Russian-owned app, “FaceApp,” is making lawmakers question its true intentions.
They fear it’s the latest Russian effort to hack into our digital world. Democratic leadership is calling on the FBI and the FTC to conduct a national security and privacy investigation.
“That seems like the new social media fad,” sasid Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “But, it may not be benign at all.”
FaceApp allows users to transform their appearance to look older, younger, or even add a beard. Schumer says the app allows the company that operates FaceApp access to user photos, contacts, and other potentially private information.
“The potential for our facial data and the data from all of our friends and family contained in our photos to fall into the hands of something like Russian intelligence or the Russian military is really troubling.”
“While it is a cute app and it is fun to see how you are going to look 75 years from now, [make] sure you know how that information is going to be used,” said Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX).
Hurd is also a former CIA officer. He warned Americans need to be on high alert, especially as we head into the next presidential election.