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TECNO’s New AI-Powered Camera Software Artificially Lightens Black Skin Tones

Billboards advertising TECNO's new skin lightening software. Image via Chihying.

A fascinating discussion is underway within China’s art community about whether new AI-powered software used in TECNO mobile phones is contributing to a form of colorism in Africa, by favoring lighter skin tones over darker complexions.

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