- FaceApp has been regaining popularity not just in the Philippines but in other countries too
- Based on the statistics shown by Google PlayStore, the total number of downloads has reached 100 million
- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has warned the public about the use of the said tool
- It stated that the application may have the potential to access sensitive photos or private information
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has issued a warning to the public about the use of popular mobile application called FaceApp.
KAMI learned that the said image manipulation tool has been gaining popularity since many people are entertained with how users can change their gender in a picture.
As of this writing, the application already has more than 100 million downloads, based on the statistics shown by PlayStore.
Nicole-Anne C. Lagrimas of GMA News recently wrote an article about the warning of NBI Cybercrime Division versus the possible dangers of using FaceApp.
It was stated that the application may have the potential to access personal information and sensitive photos of those who are using it.
The report also mentioned that uninstalling the app does not mean a person is already safe from experiencing breach of privacy.
However, NBI clarified that it is not urging the public to not use the entertaining tool. It said that people must read the fine print first before downloading it.
"Ang sinasabi lang namin is kung saka-sakaling gusto mong mag-download ng apps, nakalagay doon, 'will you allow this app to access your photos, videos...' Pag-isipan mo muna, ‘meron ba akong sensitive materials... sa cellphone ko,'" said NBI Cybercrime Division chief Victor Lorenzo.
"Pag sinabi mong wala, pangalawa basahin mo yung fine print. Pag komportable ka doon sa terms and conditions nila, i-download mo, gamitin mo... Hindi yung masyado tayong excited, hindi na natin alam, [na] hindi pala tayo comfortable doon sa terms and conditions," he added.
In a previous article by KAMI, Liza Soberano’s FaceApp boy versions stunned a lot of social media users.
FaceApp is one of the most in-demand mobile applications not just in the Philippines but in the whole world. It requires 18MB to download it on Google PlayStore.
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