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Is your selfie comparable to a work of art? Here’s how some people are finding out

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a selfie in September. A mobile phone app allows users to see how their selfies compare to works of art.
Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a selfie in September. A mobile phone app allows users to see how their selfies compare to works of art. The Associated Press

Does your face resemble any seen on portraits hanging in the Smithsonian or the Louvre?

To find out, people have been using the Google Arts & Culture mobile app, which recently added a feature to compare any face to historical works of art.

The app, which is available on both Android and iOS, is more than a year old, but the selfie feature was added last month, according to CNN. USA Today reports it’s currently the most popular app on both systems.

Many people are having fun with the app, which takes the person’s face, finds a comparable work of art and gives a percentage on how closely they match.

However, not everyone is a fan of the service. The RT news network reports some are worried about privacy issues due to the use of facial recognition.

Google says the app is currently only available in parts of the United States, but expanded coverage is being worked on.

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