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Chinese Face-Swapping App ZAO Sparks Privacy Concerns After Going Crazily Viral

Chinese Face-Swapping App ZAO Sparks Privacy Concerns After Going Crazily Viral”

Developed by Chinese developer MoMo, one of China's most popular dating apps, ZAO was released on Friday (August 30) and rapidly got downloaded millions of times with users being excited about the experience for the app's realistic face-swapping videos that last for as little as 8 seconds.

Although app users made Zao surge in popularity, some are now questioning the user agreement they had to approve when using the app.

Dubbed ZAO, the app is yet another deepfake app for iPhone that lets you superimpose your face onto actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kit Harrington from "Game of Thrones", and many others in video clips from their popular movies and TV shows with just a selfie uploaded by you. According to a post from the app's makers on China's Weibo social media site, Zao's servers almost crashed because of the deluge of traffic.

Launched recently, Zao is now topping the free download chart on China's iOS store. Best application of "Deepfake"-style AI facial replacement I've ever seen". Users are invited to swap the face of a celebrity for their own, giving them the chance to appear in big-name movies.

"I've never tried using Japanese makeup and hairstyles because it's too complicated to do all by myself", she told Reuters.

One section of the user agreement says consumers who upload their images agree to surrender the intellectual property rights to their face, and permit Zao to use their images for marketing purposes.

"We thoroughly understand the anxiety people have toward privacy concerns", the company said. But concerns have been raised not only over the potential for the app to be abused, but also over its privacy policies. "We have received the questions you have sent us". The Zao team will "fix the [privacy] issues that we didn't take into consideration", according to a post from the creators on Weibo.



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