Modern smartphones come with many improvements to enhance the photographic experience, many of which offer beauty filters and other similar features to smooth out skin details in images. However, there has always been a debate over the use of such methods, with few studies showing that these filters can have a negative effect on mental health.
It appears that Google has also been keeping an eye on such reports, with the company now announcing that it will move its phones away from such features. Google said it will disable them by default on their phones and encourage other OEMs to do the same.
In a blog post, he said, “We set out to better understand the effect filtered selfies could have on people’s wellbeing … especially when filters are on by default. We conducted several studies and talked to children. and mental health experts around the world and we have found that when you are not aware that a camera or photo app has a filter applied, photos can negatively impact mental well-being. These predefined filters can confidently set a standard of beauty that some people are confronted with “.
Google has even gone ahead and created documentation for best practices when implementing face filters, where it also recommends turning them off by default. According to the company, OEMs and camera app developers should resist the temptation to use terms like “enhancement”, “beautify” and “retouch” while propagating the negative body image.
Interestingly, while it waits for others to adopt such best practices, it also said it will follow its own recommendations, as Pixel phones will soon have face retouching turned off by default. While this option is available, it will be behind an additional step thus making it more difficult for users to reach.
Google said it will disable the filters by default on their phones and encourage other OEMs to do the same.
- Google has announced that it will disable beauty filters on its phones.
- The argument is that they can lead to mental health problems.
- Google also urges OEMs and app developers not to use filters.