Snapchat’s AI Filters Face Backlash Over Racism and Colorism Claims

Snapchat’s AI under fire

Snapchat, the popular social media app known for its ephemeral content, has come under fire for its use of AI. Users have criticized the app’s AI-powered filters, which they claim promote Eurocentric beauty standards and perpetuate racist and colorist ideas.

Specifically, users have taken issue with filters that lighten skin tones or narrow noses, as well as filters that overlay “anime-style” features onto users’ faces. Critics argue that these filters promote unrealistic beauty standards and can contribute to self-esteem issues, particularly among users of color.

Snapchat has responded to the backlash by removing some of the offending filters and promising to review its AI algorithms. However, some users remain skeptical, arguing that the app’s use of AI is inherently flawed and will continue to perpetuate harmful biases.

Twitter’s Bluesky project gains momentum

In other news, Twitter’s Bluesky project has been gaining momentum in recent weeks. The project, which aims to develop a decentralized social media platform, has been in the works since 2019, but progress has been slow.

However, that may be changing. Twitter recently hired a new head of decentralized social media, signaling renewed commitment to the project. Additionally, the company has launched a new initiative called “Bluesky Communities,” which aims to foster collaboration among developers working on decentralized social media projects.

While it’s still unclear what form Bluesky will ultimately take, its potential to disrupt the social media landscape is significant. A decentralized platform could provide an alternative to the dominant platforms like Facebook and Twitter, which have been criticized for their handling of user data and content moderation.

Apple wins antitrust appeal

Finally, Apple scored a victory in its ongoing legal battle over the App Store. The company recently won an appeal in a case brought by Epic Games, the maker of the popular game Fortnite.

Epic Games had sued Apple, arguing that the company’s 30% commission on App Store purchases was anticompetitive. However, a judge ruled in Apple’s favor, finding that the company’s commission was lawful and did not violate antitrust laws.

The ruling was a significant win for Apple, which has faced increasing scrutiny over its App Store practices in recent years. However, the fight is far from over, as other cases and investigations into the company’s business practices are ongoing.

That’s it for this week in apps. Check back next week for more news and updates from the world of mobile technology.

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