New TikTok AI Filter Making Modern Women Anxious and Insecure

Amidst all its political controversies, TikTok is in the news for something else. TikTok has been taking the world by storm with its new AI face filter, the Bold Glamor Filter. Celebrities like Catherine Heigl have tried the filter.

@katherinemheigl Ummm….I hate this bitch. #boldglamourfilter ♬ Love – kouz1

Bold Glamor Filter

The filter result shows her with her brows lifted, her cheeks more sculpted, her nose slightly more refined, and her lips plumper and juicier looking.

Here’s a Youtuber describing exactly what’s happening with the filter:

Teenage AI Filter

Another TikTok AI Filter is called the The Teenage Filter. It previously had gone viral in Australia and is now available in the States.

How TikTok AI Filters Work

These new viral beauty filter were created using machine learning. Unlike traditional beauty filters that overlay an augmented 3D face mesh on your face, this AI filter utilizes a machine learning tech called GAN (Generative Adversarial Networks).

This means that every pixel on your face is regenerated and outputted after referencing another data set of images, resulting in a more realistic look.

Mental Health Concerns Over AI Filter

These viral TikTok filters are causing a stir among users who are divided over the way it instantly changes their appearance compared to what they see in reality.

Even actress Catherine Heigl has expressed her dislike of the filter, saying it looks fake and creates an unrealistic expectation of beauty. Many women on social media are stunned by the new standard the filter is setting, and worries about how this impacts young girls’ confidence.

A recent CDC study found that 57 percent of teenage girls reported feeling hopeless or sad, and many believe social media is among the causes for this drastic increase.

A psychology expert studied the effects of media and photo editing on women and girls. She believes that when the filtered face you see is your own, it’s a standard you might never be able to attain.

TikTok’s New Default Screen Time Limit For Teens

In response to these concerns, TikTok has announced new restrictions on screen time for users under 18, limiting them to 60 minutes a day before requiring a passcode to continue use.

The company says it’s all to promote parental involvement in their children’s digital well-being.

But it’s not that hard to look up how to get rid of time limit on TikTok screen time. Even TikTok gives specific instructions.

To manage daily screen time:

1. In the TikTok app, tap Profile at the bottom.
2. Tap the Menu button at the top.
3. Tap Settings and privacy.
4. Tap Screen time, then tap Daily screen time.
5. Follow the steps in the app to set a daily time and turn the setting on or off. You must set a passcode to manage daily screen time. If you reach your time, enter this passcode to keep using the app.

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George Tsay

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