It’s been many times that Photo Lab has gone crazy viral in different countries. And it’s interesting to note that each country set up its own trends and ways of using the app. This time the Photo Lab fever has taken over Africa! 🌍
It was late in August that Photo Lab started going viral in Benin 🇧🇯 and Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩. The app soared into No. 1 Overall position on the App Store leaving behind TikTok, Snapchat and Facebook. In early September the legendary app became #1 Overall in many more African countries including Sierra Leone 🇸🇱, Algeria 🇩🇿, Rwanda 🇷🇼 and Zambia 🇿🇲.
So, what’s the big buzz about Photo Lab this time?? African users got obsessed with the ‘Fake a Face’ effect which does exactly this: it takes a face from a user photo (interestingly, it does not necessarily have to be a front face picture!) and seamlessly and smartly inserts it into any given scene featuring a human being. To make a long story short, it lets you make yourself look whoever you want, whatever way you want, and put yourself in any imaginable scene.
Yep, that’s the Photo Lab magic, and it’s absolutely amazing! But even amazing things are known to be able to split people into opposing groups, you know. Unexpectedly for us, the African word has quickly divided into those who are FOR and those who are AGAINST using Photo Lab.
While a large number of African users (mostly girls💃) swooned over the ‘Fake a Face’ feature and made it go viral, other Internet users (mostly boys😅) started criticizing it because they doubted its honesty. They believed it’s unfair to cheat on followers by posting pictures in surroundings that one will hardly ever be in and in clothes that one will probably never be able to buy. Girls, in their turn, defended their right to look creatively different on social media. All this resulted in a war of opinions⚔️. ‘Anti-Photo Lab’ users generated tons of funny memes about the app, and here are some of them. 😆
So, here’s the downside of popularity. There’s always a place for criticism. But, in the end… haters gonna hate, right? ))