Google says retouched selfies can make people feel bad about what they actually look like, so it’s changing the way it handles these photos with its latest phones. For Pixel 4A, 4A 5G and 5, face retouching from the Camera app turns off by default. It will soon update the phones to relabel the retouch settings and avoid any kind of judgmental words, like using the word “beauty.” If someone wants to use face retouching effects, Google details how the settings are applied and how they affect the image.
“When you are not aware that a camera or photo app has applied a filter, photos can negatively impact mental well-being,”
Last year, Isaac Reynolds, the chief product manager for the Pixel camera, chatted The edge about how his team handles filters and face retouching. He mentioned that the team worked with wedding photographers to find the right retouching balance so people still look like themselves, but their best version.
The company enabled selfie retouching by default for the first time with Pixel 4, so it’s interesting to see that the team is already reversing the decision. At the time, it seemed like Google knew people valued accuracy, but also wanted to look their best on photos. Now it seems more concerned about keeping selfie takers informed about what’s going on with their photos and why.