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Russian developers launch ‘anti-selfie’ app

Russian developers launch 'anti-selfie' app

20 August 2014
Text Nadia Beard

A new “anti-selfie” app which uses real-time facial recognition and filters to distort users’ faces is now available on the iPhone and Android. SLMMSK was created by the Russian developers of Glitché, an app which lets users corrupt images to create psychedelic works of digital art.

SLMMSK offers ten different filter options, including CCTV-style granulation, censor bar overlays and smiley faces, all with the addition of a timestamp. Offering an alternative social media platform to counter “selfie” culture, SLMMSK is being marketed as a critique of the surveillance society.