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Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters


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Faces in photos may be blurred beyond recognition on the Signal app.

Signal is introducing a blur tool to hide faces in photos before sharing them.

Credit: Signal

Signal is introducing a blur tool to hide faces in photos before sharing them.

The encrypted messaging app said the tool, which automatically detects and blurs faces in pictures, is intended to protect the identities of protesters demonstrating against police brutality.

The tool also can be used the manually blur out tattoos, logos, street signs, and badges, among other things.

Use of the app could potentially protect protesters from facial recognition tools increasingly used by law enforcement despite its inaccuracies, particularly among ethnic groups, women, and young people.

Signal said an updated version of the app featuring the new tool will be available soon.

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