Google and Snapchat have jointly announced that they no longer want to use the term ‘beauty filter’ or ‘beauty mode’ in their apps. Such filters can have a negative impact on our well-being, and they also turn off by default in the camera.
You know them, the filters for the selfie camera that smooth your face and render it as if you were using a good layer of make-up. Beauty or beauty filters can be harmful to our mental health, that’s what Snapchat and Google say together on their blogs. Studies by the tech companies and conversations with experts in mental health showed that such filters can give us an unrealistic self-image that we then pursue. That is especially the case when we are not aware of when such filters are active by default in the camera app.
Google and Snapchat are therefore removing the term beauty filter or any name that has to do with ‘beauty’. The feature will henceforth be called a ‘face retouch filter’. In addition, the filter will be turned off by default in Snapchat and Google’s camera app, and the company also comes with a set of guidelines for developers on how to use such filters.
It has long been known that the use of touch-up filters can negatively impact users’ mental health, and the phenomenon has already been officially dubbed ‘ Snapchat dysmorphia ‘.
At Techlargest we also declare in our reviews each time that we are not in favor of beauty features in the camera app of phones if they are activated by default. On the other hand, there are also phones that go beyond just smoothing the skin on your face. For example, on the Desire 20 Pro from HTC, you can also make your face narrower, enlarge your eyes or make your skin pale. It’s a good thing that Google is now taking the lead and engaging developers.