The “Make me Asian” app, for instance, changed the shape of the person’s eyes, adds a rice paddy hat and “fu manchu” mustache. The “Make me Indian” app added a bird feather and “war paint” on the person’s cheeks, and modified the person’s eyes so that they appear angry.
The Android apps, developed by Kimberly Deiss, drew outrage from some quarters as racist and insulting, and prompted a petition on Change.org calling on Google to drop the apps.
Thursday, Change.org said that the apps have disappeared from the Google Play lineup. The petition netted nearly 10,000 signatures, which apparently was enough to convince the folks at Google they’d made a mistake, despite the apps being downloaded tens of thousands of times.