Above was a vague, short-lived story that affected some users and not others. It was also a compelling change in the human form — an essential form of the program used by about 100 million people in the US. So I sent the video to Amy Niu, a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin who is studying how it affects filtering. He also noted that in China and elsewhere, some programs are increasing the frequency of the filter. When Niu uses software like WeChat, he only knows that a filter exists by comparing his image using his camera with the image created in the app.
A few months ago, he said, he dropped a Chinese TikTok brand, called Douyin. “When I close the beautiful makeup and filters, I can see the change in my face,” he said.
Having beautiful filters in the app is not really a bad thing, Niu said, but developers have a responsibility to consider how the filters will be used, and how they can change the people who use them. Even if it is a temporary virus, it can still have the same appearance as humans.
“People’s adoption of beautiful standards, their appearance or whether they can enhance their appearance,” Niu said, both are important.
For Dawn, the strange look on their faces was one of the things that added to the list of frustrations with TikTok: “It’s been a great reminder of the relationship with the madman because he loves you bombshell for a minute, gives you all the fans and all the attention and feel so good,” he said. “And for some reason they just sit there, they just kind of say no.”