YouTube’s New Blur Tool: An Effort To En-cash Popularity Of Controversial Videos ?

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YouTube is one of the top websites which is considered to be one of the safest places to explore and share videos online. YouTube makes it even safer for the video search by asking its users to sign-in for certain videos. Moreover some of the videos are not allowed to be accessed in some of the countries.

Now YouTube introduces a feature, where users can blur faces of the persons in the videos. Its easy and you don’t have to spend dollars on editing videos to blur out faces.

How to blur faces on YouTube Videos:

To blur faces on YouTube Videos, you need to first log in to YouTube account, click on the ‘username’ and select “video manager”. Later click on edit on the right side of the video and click on enhancements for editing the video. Then you need to click on the ‘Apply’ button below and you will be shown a preview of how the video would look like with all the faces blurred. You can tick the check box, next to the apply button, if you want the original video to be deleted.

Is YouTube’s new blur Tool worth it:

Definitely this feature will be very beneficial to those who are protesting for a good cause or someone who want to reveal a criminal offence related video without jeopardizing the innocents in the video. There are a lot of videos where you can see a woman or boy etc being harassed by the “bad guys”.

Now the faces of such innocent people can be blurred easily, keeping the faces hidden from the world. This feature would further enable people fearing for their privacy, to upload videos that can be revealed to the whole world, demanding justice.

In YouTube’s official blog, it is stated 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.”

According to the Cameras Everywhere report, it asks for the difficult question about how to protect those who want to expose injustice through videos.

But the problem here is that, all the faces are blurred automatically, including the criminals or the accused. Now even the culprits can get away from being known by the world.


But if you see it in another perspective, it is an advantage, because users might blur out a face and let out other faces to be seen. Chances are that the person who is not blurred might actually be the innocent one.

blur faces in youtube videos

As claimed in the YouTube blog, it is an emerging technology and faces in the certain videos might not blur faces (depending upon the quality of the video). It would be even better for the newly introduced blur tool, if it could enable users to blur only certain faces in the video rather that blurring the faces of the person committing crime, live.

Check out this video (by videogyan) to know how to blur faces in YouTube videos


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