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YouTube Releases Facial Blurring Tool

ONLINE PRIVACY

July 19, 2012

YouTube has released a tool allowing people to obscure faces within videos uploaded to the site, The New York Times reports. The feature aims “to help protect dissidents using video to tell their stories in countries with repressive government regimes,” the report states. “Visual anonymity in video allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not,” said a YouTube spokeswoman, adding that “human rights footage, in particular, opens up new risks to the people posting videos and to those filmed.” YouTube said the feature would also help protect children’s identities. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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