How to Use YouTube’s New Blurring Feature to Protect Identities

Youtube Custom Blur


In late February, YouTube released a new version of their custom blurring function. This feature allows users to blur select items in their videos such as faces or identifying information. In this post we will show you how to use the tool and give a brief background on why blurring can be important when sharing human rights video online. This is a big update to the tool and makes the ability to protect those you film significantly more accessible.

For additional background, check out this blog post where we go into depth on the importance of visual anonymity and how expanding the access to tools that allow for it means that more people are empowered to speak out safely and effectively.

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