DNC advises 2020 presidential candidates against using FaceApp

The Democratic National Committee said the app from a Russian company "is not without risk."
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to quit smoking, call 1-800-quit-now. We turn next tonight here to faceaep, the photo app going viral, you've seen it. Concern tonight, however, from the DNC, calling for the FBI to look into it. Here's our justice correspondent, Pierre Thomas. Reporter: Tonight, the democratic national committee sending a warning to the 2020 presidential candidates, urging them not to use this popular app from a Russian company. The so-called faceapp uses artificial intelligence to allow users to alter their appearance, including making their faces younger or older. It's been a viral sensation, with celebrities from Lebron James to the Jonas brothers to Kevin hart all giving it a try. But tonight, the dn C's security director tells campaigns in a letter, quote, this novelty is not without risk. Faceapp was developed by Russians. Burned by the Russian hack of the DNC during the 2016 election, the Democrats are taking no chances. The DNC security director warning candidates that there are "Significant concerns about the app having access to your photos. It's not clear at this point what the privacy risks are, but what is clear is that the benefits of avoiding the app outweigh the risks." But tonight, the faceapp CEO is attempting to ease concerns, noting the app only uploads the single photo the user wants altered. And he said even though the company's "Core research and development team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia." All right, a lot of questions on this, Pierre. And you tell us tonight that the company has informed you that they will remove any images stored by them if asked? Reporter: That's right, David. The company says they store images on cloud services operated by Amazon and Google. They say the images can be deleted, but that right now, they're overloaded with requests. And David, we have a late-breaking update. Senator chuck Schumer is asking the FBI to investigate. David? Pierre Thomas tonight. Pierre, thank you.

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