YouTube offers facial blurring for videos


Whether you’re uploading videos of your young child dancing around the living room or of a controversial protest, you may want to keep the identities of the people in your videos under wraps. YouTube announced Wednesday that it’s introducing a facial blurring tool that will let anyone using the site’s Web video editor obscure the identities of people in their shots. The tool itself is fairly straightforward — users can go to the “Enhancements” tab in the video editor and apply the filter. The tool won’t work on every face, YouTube said. “This is emerging technology, which means it sometimes has difficulty detecting faces depending on the angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality. It’s possible that certain faces or frames will not be blurred,” YouTube policy associate Amanda Conway wrote in a blog post. Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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