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FaceApp removing 'ethnicity filters' after users condemn update as racist

FaceApp's 'ethnicity filters' are a pretty terrible idea. Like, maybe one of the worst ideas: Twitte

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FaceApp, the popular photo-filter application, said it was removing new "ethnicity filters" after angry users condemned the update as racist, the media reported.

The feature prompted users to alter selfies with "black," "Indian" and "Asian" filters. It gained widespread attention this week as social media lit up with comments that called the feature offensive, reports CNN.

"FaceApp's 'ethnicity filters' are a pretty terrible idea. Like, maybe one of the worst ideas," one Twitter user wrote.

Another user accused the company of "setting the bar for racist (augmented reality) with its awful new update".

responded in a statement Wednesday saying "the new controversial filters will be removed in the next few hours".

He told CNN that it would be removed on servers, so users did not need to update their apps in order to remove the filer option.

took the selfie-taking world by storm earlier this year.

It uses artificial intelligence to transform people's faces into older, younger, male or female versions. Collages made on were shared in droves.

First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 12:02 IST