On Friday, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko shared pictures of Male Kenyan politicians looking like women.
In the pics, the political leaders had wigs and makeup on. However, they were still wearing their suits.
The pictures were altered using a face-editing tool called FaceApp. It is notoriously known for changing people’s physical appearances.
Some of the politicians include: ODM leader Raila Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and former Ford Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetangula.
“Wakenya mtatuonyesha maneno. Sasa hii ni APP gani jameni? Anyway nani msupuu hapa ju naona it has gone viral?” Sonko asked people.
The picture elicited funny responses with some voting on the ‘most beautiful’ man out of the group of leaders.
This is not the first time FaceApp has caused buzz among Kenyans.
FaceApp became popular in 2017. It uses artificial intelligence to alter people’s faces using a variety of filters.
A while back Kenyans were using the app to edit their pics to see how they would look like when old.
Many people hopped onto the trend and started sharing pictures of older or younger versions of themselves.
The app can also turn sad expressions into happy ones or tweak makeup styles.
There were global security concerns raised regarding FaceApp, such as the mining of personal data (e.g. location & username) to be used elsewhere.
However, FaceApp issued a statement, saying most images were deleted from its servers within 48 hours of being uploaded.
Therefore intimating that users’ information was safely and permanently discarded after use.
The application first hit the headlines with its ethnicity filters which could change faces of one ethnicity to another.
This sparked backlash from the world and the feature was scraped off.