The Revolution Will Not Be Identified

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After Iran's 2009 presidential elections, in what came to be known as the Green Movement, protesters flooded the streets and demanded that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be removed from office after he was accused of rigging votes to get reelected.

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During that time, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps asked people to help identify dissenters in videos and photos, many of which were obtained from YouTube and social media sites. Since then, corrupt regimes, military and law enforcement agencies from across the Middle East, Europe and North America have routinely trolled YouTube and social media sites to try and identify protesters.

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According to the 2011 Cameras Everywhere Report by human rights organization Witness, "No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity."

Well, not anymore. YouTube has an announcement to make:

"As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them…Today we're launching face blurring — a new tool that allows you to obscure faces within videos with the click of a button."

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Giving visual anonymity to your videos is simple. Here's YouTube's instructions:

Once you’ve chosen the video that you’d like to edit within our Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features and click the “Apply” button below Blur All Faces. Before you publish, you will see a preview of what your video will look like with faces blurred. When you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces. You will then be given the option to delete the original video.

For a company widely known for being a viral vehicle for less-than-revolutionary cat videos and the Cinnamon challenge, today I proudly put my fist in the air and say, "Right on, YouTube."

via YouTube Blog

Credit: YouTube

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