On Thursday, Snapchat released a new update for its iOS app, ditching paid replays and expanding face swap.
Face swap has been one of the most popular Snapchat features of 2016, and now, iOS users can play around with the feature even more. With the latest iOS update, Snapchat allows users to switch faces with a photo from their iPhone's Camera Roll, including downloads. Before this update, the face swap feature only worked with people who were side-by-side in the same photo. Snapchat will only swap images where it can detect eyes, a nose, and a mouth, or what it thinks are these features. While face swapping is meant to be fun and harmless, some believe that it could lead to some potentially offensive images. Earlier this week, Snapchat rolled out a Bob Marley filter on 4/20 (which it made in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate), that many called modern blackface. The new face swapping feature is not yet available on Snapchat for Android, but users should be on the lookout for it.
In addition to expanding the Face Swap feature to include Camera Roll photos, Snapchat removed paid replays in the update. In September, Snapchat introduced paid replays for U.S. users, starting at 3 replays for $0.99. The company's support page notes that, as of April 21st, it will no longer sell additional replays, but users with credit remaining will be able to use the feature. Now users will only have one free replay of any snap.
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