The app launched back in 2017 and gradually became popular for its filters within 2 years. Wireless Lab, a company based in St Petersburg developed the photo editing app. The app's chief executive officer, Yaroslav Goncharov, used to be an executive at Yandex, widely known as “Russia’s Google”. Following the accusations, the company has denied selling or sharing user data with third parties. In a statement, it said that user data is never transferred to Russia and most images are deleted from its servers within 48 hours of submission.
A warning to share with your family & friends:— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 2, 2019
This year when millions were downloading #FaceApp, I asked the FBI if the app was safe.
Well, the FBI just responded.
And they told me any app or product developed in Russia like FaceApp is a potential counterintelligence threat. pic.twitter.com/ioMzpp2Xi5