The filters allowed users to upload a selfie and select an Asian, black, Caucasian or ‘Indian’ filter. Considering that in-app filters have long struggled to contend with “digital blackface,” these new filters felt to many like a strange escalation of the racial insensitivity that’s already plaguing face-swapping and transforming apps.
"How Did FaceApp Think People Would React to Their New Change-Your-Race Filters?" is from the August 09, 2017 The Intersect section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abby Ohlheiser and narrated by Sam Scholl.