CAPE TOWN – South African internet users have generated more than 100,000 search queries for Face App on Wednesday, while only generating 50,000 for Mandela Day.
However, privacy experts have warned of possible threat.
The two-year-old Russian made app saw the Internet going crazy as it went viral with users posting their aged likenesses on social media in the #faceappchallenge. The app uses artificial intelligence to create a rendering of what users might look like in a few decades.
Privacy experts, however, warned that the app may pose a threat to users’ privacy as it stores photos on its servers, with US Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, appealing to the FBI to investigate the app.
In other top searches on Google this week, Johnny Clegg garnered more than 500, 000 search queries on Tuesday as the news of his death broke. The ‘White Zulu’ of Juluka and Savuka fame was an internationally acclaimed musician who was also an important figure in the fight against Apartheid.