If you want to upload a video to YouTube, but you fear what may happen if anyone identifies its subjects, things just got a bit easier.
Today, YouTube announced that they’ve added face blurring to their set of video enhancements.
From the YouTube blog:
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.
YouTube makes a point to say that this in a new feature that utilizes emerging technology, so you may encounter situations where not all the faces in your video are blurred out. On the tool itself, YouTube reminds users that if this happens, you may want to keep your video private.
We’ve known that YouTube was working on this technology for a while, at the behest of various human rights groups. Now, it’s a reality.