YouTube Offers Face Blurring Technology

YouTube has launched a new service of Blurring Face by just a click. YouTube introduced this service as respondance to a report from human-rights group WITNESS that criticized tech companies for not doing enough to allow protesters to mask their identities. The company also warn that the new tool isn’t perfect. It sometimes has difficulty detecting faces in poor lighting or odd angles. Google detailed it as:

Blurring faces on YouTube is simple. Once you’ve chosen the video that you’d like to edit within our Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features and click the “Apply” button below Blur All Faces. Before you publish, you will see a preview of what your video will look like with faces blurred. When you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces. You will then be given the option to delete the original video.

This is emerging technology, which means it sometimes has difficulty detecting faces depending on the angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality. It is possible that certain faces or frames will not be blurred. If you are not satisfied with the accuracy of the blurring as you see it in the preview, you may wish to keep your video private.

The tool is extremely simple to use. Once a user has uploaded their video and edited it to their liking, they can now look under Additional Features, find the Blur All Faces option and click the Apply button below it.