This New App Retouches Your Silhouette In The Blink Of An Eye (And It's Scary)
No need to be a Photoshop pro to edit your own photos anymore… But we're not sure that's good news.
Created by a Turkish company, Photolift allows you to touch up your body, your silhouette, your face and your muscles in just a few seconds. The app, which is apparently aimed at men and women, offers the former the ability to add muscle and the latter to refine their silhouette. In response to this ultra-stereotyped image, a Twitter user started a debate on the subject, showing how easy the app is to use and describing it as "terrifying".
This is terrifying my god pic.twitter.com/wocmVAeC6j— sierra (@sssssssssierra) 3 juin 2019
As catfishing practices – the creation of a fake identity to meet people online – become more sophisticated, ease of access to tools like these look set to facilitate identity fraud and online scams. They also go against the idea of accepting your body as it is, sending a dangerous message to younger generations. On Twitter, numerous people condemned the app for exploiting insecurity.
NOW! I never edit my pictures NEVER! But I downloaded a Photolift to prove how damaging these photoshop apps are!! The left picture with Photolift written on is the edited version. The right picture is completely UNEDITED & is on my insta! Also laugh at my editing skills. pic.twitter.com/1xrinvPb2S— Jess-Paige (@jessybearxox) 4 juin 2019
But as well as these critiques, internet users also used humor to minimize the harmful aspects of the app.
It worked for me.... (I’m gonna do a YouTube video about this!) pic.twitter.com/CM8WcfqL7i— BeccaButcherx (@beccabutcherx_) 4 juin 2019
Tried the photolift app and its safe to say im feeling fineeee pic.twitter.com/9CRmYLLMn6— morgan (@sugarstone_) 4 juin 2019
wow i love it it works so good im so skinny, absolutely amazed x pic.twitter.com/OA4pI4YhVl— (@floralgeerte) 4 juin 2019
Haha yeah so scary pic.twitter.com/id1zp6hdzw— alef (@whoahhthere) 5 juin 2019
Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth
By Apolline Bazin, published on 11/06/2019