YouTube offers face-blurring in video uploads

YouTube offers face-blurring in video uploads

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 12: The YouTube logo appears on screen before a keynote address by Vice President of Global Content Partnerships at YouTube Robert Kyncl at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino January 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 13 and features more than 3,100 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:31 AM

   MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- YouTube is offering people a way to blur faces in submitted video.
   The new tool is designed for human-rights activists and others who may want to protect people in a video. Simply blur faces using the tool before submitting it. It will appear among the "Additional features" under editing enhancements when it's available late Wednesday.

   Google Inc., which owns YouTube, is warning that blurring faces by itself may not guarantee anonymity. Background scenery or a license plate might give away someone's identity, as might a recognizable voice. The software also might miss a face or two, though people will have a chance to review the blurring before submitting it.

   YouTube says the feature "allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not."
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   Online:
   Instructions: http://bit.ly/Q7nIag
   Blog post: http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2012/07/face-blurring-when-footage-requires.html
 

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