Google’s selfie-to-painting match feature takes social media by storm

British politician Edward Miliband seems uncannily similar to an Italian portrait at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Google’s selfie-to-painting match feature takes social media by storm

DUBAI: An update on Google’s Arts and Culture app is taking social media by storm due to a feature that allows users to match their selfies with fine art portraits from around the world.
Twitter users have flooded the platform with their successful — and sometimes hilarious — face-matches.
The project was launched in collaboration with 17 museums around the world, including London’s Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Florence’s Uffizi.
The feature, which launched this week, is still region locked and is not available outside the US — for now.
A Google spokesperson told The Sun newspaper: "This is an experiment that’s only available in parts of the US right now, but we’re glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art."
However, the inaccessibility has not stopped Twitter users around the world from having a good laugh at the snaps, some of which have proven to be less-than-perfect matches.


New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

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New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s new government has repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers.
The bill was passed in April under former Prime Minister Najib Razak despite concerns that it would be used to silence dissent ahead of a May 9 general election.
Najib’s long-ruling coalition was ousted in the polls, ushering in the country’s first transition of power since independence from Britain in 1957.
After an intense six-hour debate in Parliament and protest by lawmakers in Najib’s party, the law was repealed Thursday with a simple voice vote.