TikTok tests the creation of artificial intelligence avatars for profile photos

(CNN) — TikTok is testing a new option to allow users to create AI-generated avatars for their profile photos, the company confirmed to CNN on Wednesday. This initiative could put recent advances in artificial intelligence technology in the crosshairs of millions of users.

The new feature creates a stylized, illustrated image of the user from a photo that users upload, according to a post from the social media consultant Matt Navarrawho was the first to spot the option.

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According to the company, the feature is still in the testing phase and is not available to all TikTok users, so it is not known when it will go live.

“We’re always thinking of new ways to add value to the community and enrich the TikTok experience as we continue to build a safe place that entertains, inspires creativity and drives culture,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN.

“In select regions, we’re experimenting with a new way to create and share profile photos with the TikTok community.”

AI-generated images have taken the internet by storm in recent months, but some tools have also raised concerns among privacy experts, digital artists, and users who have noted the potential to sexualize images, make skin paler, and thin the shoulders. bodies.

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