Former solid members of Conserving Up with the Kardashians have been slated for selling an app that makes use of AI to change profile photographs in order that they appear like totally different races.
Brody Jenner and Scott Disick — in addition to influencer Danielle Cohn — just lately posted profile photographs that had been fed via the Gradient’s “AI Face” characteristic.
Disick’s preliminary tweet confirmed his face modified to look that he’s from Europe, Asia, and India.“Tried new filters within the Gradient app,” he wrote. “Which one is healthier?”
A raft of critics on social media accused them of dehumanizing Black people and stereotyping whole continents, whereas others puzzled whether or not the app‘s builders know that India is in Asia.
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Disick and Jenner have now deleted their original tweets and changed them with new posts hashtagged #advert however with feedback turned off, whereas Cohn has saved her video on TikTok.
The duo aren’t the primary members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to advertise apps accused of propagating racism.facial recognition
In 2016, Kylie Jenner used Snapchat’s “Bob Marley” filter to make her appear like a Black man with dreadlocks, whereas in April, Kim and Khloe Kardashian advertised Gradient’s “Ethnicity Estimate.” The characteristic’s been criticized for equating nationality with ethnicity and utilizing flags of nations to characterize whole continents or religions. Within the case of the Caribbean, the area will get a Jolly Roger flag.
Gradient isn’t the primary AI-powered app accused of selling digital blackface. FaceApp beforehand had an analogous characteristic, however correctly ditched the filter hours after its launch.
Hopefully, Gradient does the identical and sticks to its extra innocent options reminiscent of discovering superstar lookalikes and turning photographs into 15th-century photographs. However customers ought to be suggested that the app has additionally sparked previous concerns.
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Printed September 24, 2020 — 18:56 UTC