Concerning privacy issues and to further reach next step in enhancing the confidentiality of its flagship, Google has launched a new face blurring tool for its video service, Youtube. The feature would help protect the identities of political dissidents, Google Inc said.
Adam Conway, a Youtube associate commented in a blog post that the new tool will be helpful activists and users, who, for reasons best known to them, want to conceal the identity of those in their videos. The post also stated “Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, the face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.”
Youtube has now become a source of serious news content and journalism as opposed to its very casual image earlier. The website has hosted dozens of videos which acted as a massive path breaker in the recent struggle of Arab nations. Tsunami clips were also among the largest watched videos on internet. With its popularity, the site is a perfect source to post stories, videos, ideas but the major drawback was the revealing of the identity of the people in the videos. Privacy protection is now the main concern of people over the web. Now this new feature is likely to meet this changing scenario’s needs.
To use the tool, all you need to do is select the video you want to edit, click on the additional features tab and apply the built in functionality, blur all faces. Google has also offered preview services so that you can review the changes before publication. Apart from this, the changes will be saved to a new file and you will be given option to either save the old file or permanently delete it. The technology is relatively new and some errors are occasionally expected but improvements are being worked upon to make this new feature near to perfect.
Though the entire move is to clear Google’s name out of many recent privacy scandals including Apple and US senator Chuck Schumer, users all over the world will be benefitted nonetheless. So, if you were stopping yourself till now from posting content on the video website out of privacy issues, the time is most right to do it now. Try the new tool and enjoy!