Signal Added a New Feature To Blur Faces: Available for Android and iOS

Signal Added a New Feature To Blur Faces: Available for Android and iOS

The encrypted instant messaging app Signal has gained a lot of popularity in the wake of the US protest for the death of George Floyd.

The encrypted instant messaging application Signal, whose popularity has risen in recent days as a result of its use in the protests in the United States, has announced a new tool that makes it possible to blur faces. The function is incorporated into the latest versions of both Android and iOS.

Users who share images through the app will now be able to quickly blur faces, so another layer of privacy is added to images, simply from the app’s new icon. 

Signal co-founder Moxie Marlinspike has released the update in a company blog post, directly linking it to global protests against racism and police violence sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Police. 

2020 is a pretty good year to cover your face.


What they said: 

“Right now, people around the world are marching and protesting racism and police brutality, outraged by the most recent police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. At Signal, we support people who have taken to the streets to make their voices heard. We believe that something in the United States must change”.

“Although the blurred faces in the photographs certainly make the images more private, it is by no means an infallible way to anonymize images and hide someone’s identity”. 

When you take or send a photo through Signal and select the ‘Blur’ option in the toolbar, the application will automatically detect any face that you see in your image. The system “is not perfect” – Signal commented, so if you skip any face you can blur it manually – you can also blur anything else you want to hide, for example, a car license plate.