Usually webcam ensures the authentic identity of a person, but with the new app FaceSubtitution, users can completely after their face and take on a new identity. Created by Norwegian app developer Audun Mathias Øygard, FaceSubstitution is a tech demo that allows users to use their webcams to try on another person’s face. The app currently includes 17 different “faces”, which feature celebrities like Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad” or Nicolas Cage to cartoon masks like “Picasso” or Abstract”.
While the purpose of this app is probably for entertainment purposes to send funny video clips to friends, some users can exploit it by purposely altering their facial images online to commit heinous crimes on the internet. In the past, seeing a person’s face on the webcam was a way to determine their true identity, but with this new facial morphing app available to the public, users will never be able to tell who they are really talking to on webcam. And when combined with a vocal changer software, anonymity online will be more powerful than ever.