YouTube Unveils Face Blurring System

July 19th, 2012 - 8:01 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, July 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) In a bid to protect the identities of those who upload critical videos on its service, YouTube on Wednesday unveiled its face blurring system. The system will help those who upload video on the system to blur faces.

The system is especially useful during a period where the video sharing service has become the preferred platform where videos from political dissidents are shared. The rebels in Syria have uploaded more than dozen videos of their struggle with the country’s authorities. The rebels hope to canvas support for their struggles with the authorities. Several people have been killed since the insurgency started last year.

In a bog post on Wednesday, YouTube revealed that, “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, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.”

Several millions of amateur videos are uploaded on YouTube each year. Some of the notable videos that has been uploaded on the platform include footage from the Japanese tsunami and the Arab Spring.

YouTube is owned by Internet giant Google.

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