Secure messaging app Signal is set to introduce a new blur tool that will censor images before they are shared. The new feature can automatically detect and hide faces in an image and users will also be able to manually censor parts of a photo by tapping on the blur tool in the image editor. This way, one won’t miss any faces which have gone undetected by the software.
The move is a significant one for demonstrators who are protesting against police brutality in the US as it will help them hide their identity. The law enforcement in the US has a history of using facial recognition technology, so the new tool should help civilians remain anonymous.
The Signal app has seen a spike in downloads across different States of the US owing to the fact that it doesn’t store users’ message data. That means, law authorities can’t subpoena a protestor’s chat logs. The company has also announced that they plan on manufacturing masks and distributing them for free in support of the protestors. The new update will be rolled out to Android and iOS apps soon.
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