FaceApp launches 'blackface' feature, then deletes it after social backlash

FaceApp has removed a feature which changed people’s ethnicity in selfies less than 24 hours after updating it.

The app, which launched in early 2017, changes photos with filters to make users look older, younger or swap gender.

But its latest feature was criticised for being racist within minutes of going live.

It allowed people to change their faces to look more black, Asian, Indian or Caucasian in photos.

FaceApp was criticised in April for its “hot” filter which lightened skin tones.

Some users say they were shocked by the new update before even opening the app.

And people who did try out the new feature say they were even more shocked at what the app did to their photos.

Kaitlyn Wells shared what happened to her photo when she filtered it with FaceApp’s new options.

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