Sunday, January 16, 2022

US Senator urged FBI to investigate Russian FaceApp


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

A famous Russian FaceApp that allows users to change their appearance to be younger or older in the United States, with a senator calling on them to be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer has called on the FBI and US consumer protection agency, the FTC to investigate applications developed by the company from Saint Petersburg and used millions of Americans from security and privacy risks.

FaceApp location in Russia raises questions about how and when the company supplies US citizen data access to third parties, including foreign governments.

“It is alarming that sensitive US personal information is provided to foreign-owned companies who actively strive against the US in cyberspace,” he said in a letter to the FBI.

Schumer is not the only Democrat representative who is worried about the scenario.

According to the Washington Post, the party’s Central Committee has warned all representatives who will campaign in the 2020 presidential election to quell the app from their respective handsets.

The party is indeed sensitive to any possible spies involving Moscow after several Democratic officials were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential election.

FaceApp representatives did not respond to Schumer’s letter but the company’s CEO told the Washington Post, they did not use the acquired photo for any other purpose.

Yaroslav Goncharov said most photos were deleted from their server within 48 hours and the Russian authorities did not have any access to user data.

Read also: European parliament voted to impose fine on social media platforms on extremist content

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