YouTube has been at the heart of a pretty big scandal for the past two weeks. You might already be aware of it, as one of the most popular internet celebrities posted a video that stirred everything up.
Doug Walker, better known on the internet as the Nostalgia Critic recently uploaded a video entitle “Where’s The Fair Use” after a whole bunch of videos were removed from YouTube despite not violating any conditions whatsoever.
In an attempt to make people forget about all the hate they’ve been getting recently, YouTube rolled out a customizable blurring tool, helpful for a very wide variety of uploaders. Despite the Blur Faces option being available since 2012, the new feature is a very welcome update to the limitedly useful older version.
The new feature, called the Custom Blurring feature, allows video creators to draw a box around the item they want blurred, and it will be automatically fogged up. You can lock the box in place, resize it, or have faith in YouTube that they will correctly take the reins and keep up with the object.
According to YouTube, this is achievable thanks to their new, innovative technology. Sarcasm aside, however, the feature is quite useful and easy to get the hand of. You can adjust the starting and stopping points of the tool, select the exact objects you want blurred out, and the automatic object tracking feature works surprisingly well.
Of course, the new feature was promoted as being the next step towards helping promote anonymity on the internet. According to the website’s privacy lead, Amanda Conway, there are plenty of uses for the feature, and it is meant to offer you the possibility of blurring out stuff like faces, financial data, and sensitive information without them having to use other software to do it.
Except for the massive scandal (about which the uploaders are definitely in the right), YouTube has been doing very well lately. The acquired the BandPage in order to help artists get in touch with their fans more easily (although they will probably keep banning the videos of a large number of musicians), and they’ve made some other well received improvements.
Having more than one billion active users from all over the world, YouTube really has to figure out the way to keep them satisfied. And enabling a pretty nifty feature doesn’t really make up for removing months or years of work belonging to a large number of artists for no reason whatsoever.
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