At Talking Points Memo, Carl Franzen reports on a new effort from YouTube to protect protesters from hardline governments:
Many video subjects have become recognizable viral video sensations thanks to YouTube. But YouTube itself wants to allow some video subjets the ability to remain anonymous, too, if they choose: On Wednesday, the Google-owned online video hub launched a new “face blurring” video editing tool specifically for this purpose.
The tool allows video creators to upload their footage as before, but now they have the option, with the click of a button, to have YouTube’s software automatically detect and blur all of the human faces in their video files.
The tool is currently being refined, but given how much YouTube — and all social media — has been used in protests around the world, it could turn out to be a very big thing.