FaceApp: Harmless Fun or Security Risk? 變臉應用程式：是無傷大雅的樂子還是安全風險？ FaceApp is a popular photo app used to make changes to selfies▼s, but what is really being done with the photos? FaceApp 是一款用來修自拍照的高人氣照片應用程式，但修圖到底修了什麼？
FaceApp is a photo filtering▼ app that uses artificial intelligence▼ to make realistic changes to photos, usually selfies. The app first became popular in 2017, when it peaked at around 80 million users. In 2019, its popularity jumped again when the FaceApp Challenge became popular. Public figures uploaded photos using the app’s aging filter. It was fun to see how some of the world’s most recognizable people might look when they become old. Other filters on the app include ones that change hairstyles, add facial hair, or put on accessories▼ like glasses. There are even filters that can change the sex of a person in a selfie and make it look extremely real. FaceApp has had some shady features. A beauty filter on it made people more attractive by lightening the skin of people with naturally dark skin. The app also released ethnic▼ filters that allowed people to change their photos so they looked white, black, Asian, or Indian. All these features were quickly shut down after wide-scale protest, but these were only the beginning of FaceApp’s problems.
1. harmless a. 無害的；無惡意的 The joke was harmless. Don’t take it seriously. 那只是個無傷大雅的笑話。可別把它當真。 2. realistic a. 逼真的，栩栩如生的 The special effects in this science fiction movie were so realistic. 這部科幻片裡的特效太逼真了。 * science fiction n. 科幻小說 3. peak vi. 達到頂峰，達到最大值 Official figures show that unemployment peaked in September. 官方數字顯示失業人數在九月達到高峰。 * unemployment n. 失業（率） 4. upload vt.（將電腦資料）上傳 It takes a while to upload images to my blog. 把圖片上傳到我的部落格要花一點時間。 5. recognizable a. 可辨認的，認得出的 The singer’s red cap makes him easily recognizable. 那位歌手的紅色帽子讓他很容易被認出來。 6. shady a. 引起爭議的；不正當的 Morgan was involved in shady deals in the past. 摩根過去參與了不正當的事情。 7. lighten vt. 使變淡；使明亮 The sun always lightens Judy’s hair. 茱蒂的頭髮顏色在陽光下總是顯得淡些。 8. scale n. 規模，程度 on a small / large scale 小／大規模地 The policy will influence the life of most citizens on a large scale. 這項政策將大規模地影響多數市民的生活。
▼ selfie n. 自拍照 ▼ filter vt. 過濾 & n. 過濾器，濾網 ▼ artificial intelligence n. 人工智慧 ▼ accessory n. 配件 ▼ ethnic a. 種族的 & n. 少數民族的一員