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Texas Bans Certain Instagram Filters Due To National Security Concerns

Texas and Illinois have banned certain Instagram filters from being used in their respective states. Instagram influencers have made their voices of discontent heard due to the inconvenience this causes. One specific female influencer from Dallas says that banning IG filters prevents her from recording videos daily. Rather than applying a full face of makeup before shooting a video, she could just throw on a filter. But that is not necessarily possible now because of the state ban on filters. The issue with the outrage from influencers is that not all filters are banned in Texas and Illinois and the reason for the ban is much more important than trying to be pretty for an Instagram post.

Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, sued the parent company of Instagram and Facebook “Meta” over these filters due to security concerns. The issue is that some IG filters actually map the user’s face and store the data on external servers. This data could be anywhere, including in adversarial countries like China. This data can (and most likely, will) be used in facial recognition software. If an Instagram user applies these filters to their face and their facial map data is stored in a country like China, then that country can build an extensive profile on the user. They usually have the person’s name and address from public records if that person has not lobbied to get that information removed from public access. Then they have several pictures, videos, facial map data, and the list goes on. If the user decides to travel to China, or one of their many satellite countries, the user is already known before they arrive.

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SOURCES:

Texas bans certain Instagram filters thanks to new law banning filters using facial geometry – YouTube

Some Instagram filters aren’t available in Texas — here’s why

Texas Instagram users will not be able to use filters anymore | cbs19.tv

Texans lose ability to use filters on Instagram

Instagram’s ban on filters for Texans frustrates influencers | khou.com

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Welcome to America! Where gay marriage, weed, sex classes to 5 year olds and pre-teen surgical sex changes, smash & grabs (if black) are legal, but everything else isnt. The land of ex-slave native indian murdering 20th century european immigrant discriminating Buffalo Soldier hypocrites. Where theres a (usually black on black) murder, drug overdose, sexual assault every 15 minutes and an FBI estimated 300-400 active serial killers at any given point in time. Where theres a school shooting every week. Where corrupt charities and politicians (BLM, Obama, Chicago, NY, LA, Detroit, Wash. etc etc etc mayors and police chiefs – mostly black) flourish and roam free… yada yada yada.. the laughing stock embarrassment of the world today. USA! USA! USA! Gimme high five! Yes! Get’n mine! Ni66er please.

  2. And how is this any different to anyone using American tech softwares and APPs and/or entering the USA for work, travel or immigration? Well glad you asked, I will tell ya.. it isnt. In fact, we are the absolute worst offenders. Google and any one of these corrupt tech company invasive privac, data farming, cc leaks etc etc etc scandals ring any bells? Finger printing, DNA and facial recognition are just the tip of the iceberg for visiting or immigrating. I mean seriously get a clue you xenophobic racist POS, take a look around your own backyard before pointing fingers at other countries FFS. We are living in the worst most corrupt cesspool of a country today, bar none.

  3. Why mention China, or any other country than our own in this piece? One need not look further than our very own DHS announcement a day ago regarding gender based advanced imaging technology being used by our government in the public transportation sector and DOMESTIC travel industry. Extensive profiling and tracking of citizens has already been in use for decades and on a whole other level right here in the USA.

    So is Texas also going to ban plains, trains and automobiles from crossing state lines?

    And anyway, if you use Instagram, you’re being incessantly DATA farmed and tracked by big tech and the highest bidding advertisers both on and off the internet. Get a clue schnooks!

  4. Apple phones, ipads and computers? An American company made in China. Hmm.. LOL With companies like Apple and Google, we’ve been doing the same tracking and spying on US citizens and people around the world, including China, for like 20 years already. If you have a mobile phone, any brand, you are being tracked. If you use Snapchat, Meta/Instagram/Facebook, any type of fitness APP etc., you are being tracked. Does your computer, phone, car, house or any other device require finger or facial recognition to access? You are being tracked. All of this tracking info is sold and pooled for both commercial governmental uses. America really is the worst offender in this regard. These accusations are incredibly hypocritical. People need to wake up.

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