FaceApp Helps Missing Son Meet Parents after 18 Yrs

FaceApp Helps Missing Son Meet Parents after 18 Yrs

While the FaceApp has sparked a privacy concern and is accused of misusing the private data of the people using the app, here is the other side of the coin. The photo morphing application, which has taken social media platforms by storm across the globe, has a positive side to it.

According to media reports, a family in China has benefitted from the photo morphing application with the help of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. Apparently, a 21-year-old young man, identified as Shy Yu Weifeng, who was kidnapped as a toddler 18 years ago, reunited with his parents after cops used FaceApp-style AI technology to find how he looked in 2019.

The young man has finally met his parents for the first time and the footage of the man seeing his parents has now gone viral on social media.

The FaceApp-style AI was developed by Chinese company Tencent and the Chinese police used it to predict how the missing boy would look like now. Investigators in Shenzhen's Futian District matched the Tencent AI predictions with the existing facial recognition technology to identify the subject.

However, it is easier said than done. The elaborate and tiring identification process took a lot of time as the software scanned over 100 candidates in over two months before finally identifying out Weifeng.

The 21-year-old, who is a student in Guangzhou, went missing on May 6, 2001, while playing near a construction site. Weifeng's parents, Yu Xingquan and Rong Muhuan are on cloud nine with the return of their missing son.