Chinese app ZAO sparks controversy over privacy issues

September 15, 2019 | Investopaper

An instant hit Chinese app ZAO has drawn controversy over privacy issues after it allowed the users to swap their faces with celebs, sports stars, and others in a video clip.

Along with this, the AI technology controversy has sparked once again. the app was an instant hit and then got sudden backlash from some of its users. These users were concerned about identity verification problem.

The app was introduced in China this Friday and the product immediately became viral. Due to high traffic, the server nearly crashed the same day. The reason behind the crashing scenario was due to high traffic.

According to App Annie, a firm that tracks app downloads all over the world, ZAO was the most-downloaded free app in China’s iOS App Store as of Sept. 1. The company listed on the NYSE in 2014.

ZAO users can choose from a range of videos of celebrities on which to superimpose their face and share the videos with their friends. Leonardo DiCaprio and Marilyn Monroe also feature in this app along with popular Chinese celebrities.

ZAO was published by Momo Inc, a dating app maestro that later converted into a live streaming service. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014.


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