Wednesday, July 18, 2012

YouTube released a new tool Wednesday that blurs faces, to be used in footage requiring anonymity.
This new editing feature comes two months after the launch of YouTube’s Human Rights channel.

To blur faces in a video, you simply go to the Video Enhancements tool and press the “Blur Faces” option. You can preview your video with blurred faces before you press publish and delete the original footage. In the case the editing tool doesn’t catch faces due to poor lighting, angles or obstructions, you can keep your video private and never publish the compromising footage.

Human rights advocacy group Witness, a YouTube human rights channel partner, says there is not yet a video sharing platform that lets you blur faces to protect identities.

According to a recent Pew study, YouTube is playing an increasingly large role as a news source around the world. YouTube hopes the ability to blur faces will encourage people around the world to share video more widely without risking repercussions for those involved.

In a company statement, YouTube sees this as a tool to protect protesters and advocates, as well as the identities of children.