Signal Messenger is arguably the most secure messaging platform, which now, has rolled out a new face-blurring feature that enable users to blur faces when sharing photos on the platform.
The new face blur feature is available in the image editor in the latest version of Signal for Android and iOS; it serves to help protect the privacy of the people in photos shared on the platform. And it is coming on the heels of the protests against racism in US which has broken an unprecedented record in multiple cities over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a white US cop.
Now, it’s pretty easy to hide a face, or draw a fuzzy trace over a place you want to erase by simply tapping on the new blur tool icon to get started.
How the Signal Messenger Blurring Tool works?
The new blur tool leverages on platform-level libraries for Android and iOS to maintain high privacy, with all of the processes happening locally on your device.
While these system libraries are not perfect, as they don’t detect every face 100% of the time, which flaws and potential biases makes it important to extend their default functionality with the blur brush to manually obscure faces or areas in a photo.
The face-blurring feature update has been pushed to the app stores, and will be rolling out as soon as possible.
What necessitated the Face-blurring tool?
As many of the people organizing the US rally are using Signal to communicate, Signal in support of the people who have gone into the streets to make their voices heard, decided to introduce a tool that ensures their privacy.
The company is also working hard to keep up with the increased traffic, with the mapping out of additional ways to support everyone on the street.
Albeit perhaps, the year 2020 is a pretty good one to cover your face.