In July, it was reported that Google would take action against “beauty” filters. Some mental health experts believe that these abused technologies or distortions of people’s self-confidence, the impact on the younger user group is particularly significant. To set an example, the company says it follows expert instruction on the tuning of native camera applications for pixel series smartphones.
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In the case of the Pixel 4a model, Google has disabled beauty by default, noting that the user interface will soon be updated to downplay the value orientation described by individual icons/labels.
Specifically, the company won’t use words like “beauty filters” on its native camera app, even if some facial retouching tools make photos look better.
In addition, Google will promote the “return to reality” native camera app to more devices with subsequent Android OS updates. Although users may not notice these details, the subtle effects persist.
The company says nearly 70 percent of Android device photos are taken by front-facing cameras, and more than 24 billion photos have been marked as “selfies” in Google’s albums.
Data from the American Society for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery show that 72% of members said last year that the demand for plastic surgery to improve selfies increased by 15% year-on-year.
At the same time, 80 percent of parents are concerned about abused beauty filters, and two-thirds of teens are bullied for “not being good.”