YouTube's new "face blurring" tool launches today, allows users to obscure faces within their videos with just a click of a button.
With face blurring technology, YouTube taking its first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube. "This is emerging technology, which means it sometimes has difficulty detecting faces depending on the angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality. It's possible that certain faces or frames will not be blurred," Google stated.
Blurring faces on YouTube is simple - all you have to do is first chose a video that you'd like to edit within "Video Enhancements tool," then go to "Additional Features" and click the "Apply" button below "Blur All Faces." You will then see a preview of what your video will look with blurred faces. When you are done, click "save" the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces. You will then be able to delete the original video "if you need to do so."
"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."
Here are three suggestions:
- "Assess your risk. You and the people you film may face risk by posting video online. You may risk your own safety and that of your subjects while filming sensitive footage, during the editing process, and when you distribute your film online. After assessing the vulnerability you and your subjects face, you can make more informed decisions about when to film, whether to distribute your footage, and how widely you want to share it.
- Consider other information which may give away identity. Video footage of your face is not the only way someone can detect your identity. Other factors that may be caught on video can also identify you or your subjects. Watch out for vocal identifiers, like recognizable voices or saying someone's name on camera. Other footage can give away identity like a license plate, a name tag, or even the background scenery. Make sure that the imagery in your videos does not give away information about your location or identity.
- Protect yourself when uploading. Consider, for example, local laws that may allow authorities to track the mobile device from which you upload. In certain countries, merely purchasing a sim card puts users at risk of tracking by government," explains Victoria Grand, Director, Global Communications and Policy, YouTube.