The app isn’t all fun and games, however. Experts are warning users of security concerns since, when users share their altered images through the app, they are automatically agreeing to the app’s Terms and Conditions, which calls for the right to modify, reproduce and publish any images. It’s also collecting user location data. So far, more than 100 million people have downloaded the app from Google Play, and the app is now the top-ranked app on the iOS App Store in 121 countries, according to App Annie. That’s a lot of data. But despite the uproar around security, the terms are similar to other social platforms like Facebook or Twitter.
With millions of people creating, sharing—and embracing—aged versions of themselves, FaceApp inadvertently may even be helping to tackle ageism by de-stigmatizing the effects of aging and generating a more positive narrative around the process of growing older.