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How to blur peoples faces in protest photos — and why you should do it

2023-04-02 10:25:00

How to blur peoples faces in protest photos — and why you should do it

With mass protests taking place across the United States and abroad, social media safety is more important than ever.

How to blur peoples faces in protest photos — and why you should do it(图1)

Enormous crowds of people are gathering in cities around the country to protest racism and police brutality in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week. Photos and videos of these protests serve the very important purpose of documenting these actions as well as exposing police mistreatment of protestors. Posting them publicly, however, comes with its own risks.

For the safety of those involved, if you're going to take photos at protests, you should consider blurring or pixelating the faces of those protesting before sharing them with the world.

Thankfully, there are some easy ways to make this happen.

Why you should blur photos

In a word: Retaliation. It's no secret that the federal government likes to surveil anti-racism protests through social media. The Intercept(Opens in a new tab) and Vice(Opens in a new tab) both reported on government monitoring of protest movements through social media after the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, respectively.

Buzzfeed News(Opens in a new tab) reported Tuesday that the DEA has been granted authority to collect intelligence on protestors during this current wave of uprisings, too. This is all to say that anyone who shows up to a protest and has their face photographed is at risk of being tracked down by authorities if they feel so inclined.

Since the entire point of these protests is to end the unjust treatment of minorities by police, and end systemic racism more generally, it stands to reason that you should do what you can to protect those you photograph. You can still demonstrate the enormity of the moment without putting people exercising their First Amendment rights in harm's way.

How to blur photos

The good news is this isn't so tough to do on your own, even if you aren't a Photoshop wizard. A cursory Google search reveals plenty of free websites that can do it automatically or give you the tools to do it manually in a hurry. Facepixelizer(Opens in a new tab) is just one I found that seems to work pretty well. Encrypted messaging app Signal is also adding a blur tool.

The fine folks over at Motherboard(Opens in a new tab) recommended Image Scrubber(Opens in a new tab), developed by Everest Pipkin, for covering up faces in protest photos. Image Scrubber is great because, aside from letting you easily and manually blur out faces on either a computer or a phone, it scrubs metadata from photos, too. Photos you take contain hidden data such as the date, time, and potentially even location in which they were snapped. It's possible(Opens in a new tab) for someone to get that information if they really want it.

Load a photo into Image Scrubber and the first thing it does is list this data in plain text form. It also gives you the option to nuke it from your scrubbed photo. To test it out, I put a photo of my family's cat Max into the tool. Here is Max staring blankly into the distance, generally unaware of the world around him, as usual.

Max, unscrubbed. Credit: barb perry

After about two seconds of painting over Max's face with Image Scrubber's Microsoft Paint-like tools, the cat can no longer be recognized. It doesn't look professional, but it doesn't have to.

Max, scrubbed. Credit: alex perry / mashable

It only takes a few seconds to rid a photo of valuable metadata and blur out a face. Given the intensity of police response to these protests after less than a week, it can't hurt to do this with any photos you plan on sharing on your social feeds.

Even if everyone at a protest is acting well within their rights, they can still face retaliation. We've seen peaceful protestors get tear gassed(Opens in a new tab) for the sake of a presidential photo op just this week. It can't hurt to go the extra mile to protect strangers you photograph.

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    In a segment about Donald Trump, Ingraham said Lebron James and Kevin Durant's recent comments about the president were "barely intelligible." James had recently shared a clip on his video platform, UNINTERRUPTED(opens in a new tab), where he and Durant criticized the president, comparing him to a bad coach in basketball.

    "Must they run their mouths like that?" Ingraham said, in what many are interpreting to be some kind of dog whistle. "This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball."

    The segment continued:

    “You’re great players but no one voted for you,” she added, addressing Mr. James and Mr. Durant directly. “Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”

    Ingraham later released a statement and denied any racial intent in her remarks: "defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

    Philadelphia Eagles lineman Chris Long responded by posting a series of tweets featuring Fox News hosts interviewing celebrities and athletes for their political opinions.


    In other tweets, Long featured Fox News appearances by Chuck Norris, Curt Schilling, Clint Eastwood, Fabio, and Joe Namath.

    Durant also responded(opens in a new tab) on Friday night:

    "Ignorance is something I try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment,” Durant said of Ingraham's segment.

    “I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think – or even louder."

    We await President Trump's completely unsolicited tweet on the situation.

  • Facebooks anti-vax carrot emoji, explained

    Facebooks anti-vax carrot emoji, explained

    To avoid censorship for the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, anti-vax groups on Facebook have begun coding their messages with the carrot emoji, according to a report from the BBC. The emoji is used in place of the word "vaccine" to avoid the wrath of Facebook's automated moderator algorithms.


    The BBC reports(Opens in a new tab) that these groups often share unverified claims of people being killed or injured by the COVID-19 vaccine. One group with over 200,000 members states in its rules that members must "use code words for everything" and that posters cannot "use the c word, v word or b word ever" (covid, vaccine, booster).

    SEE ALSO: On Substack, COVID misinformation is allowed to flourish

    According to the BBC, the algorithm the Meta-owned platform uses for moderation tends to focus on words, not images. This is unsurprising news. Back in July 2021, a Bloomberg report detailed how social media algorithms perform poorly in detecting abuse through emojis.

    Marc Owen Jones, a disinformation researcher and associate professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar, was invited to join one such group and shared the group's "very odd" attempt to evade censorship. "Initially I was a little confused," Jones said in a tweet. "And then it clicked - that it was being used as a way of evading, or apparently evading, Facebook's fake news detection algorithms."

    "My sister, 57, rushed to the hospital with breathing problems. She has two 🥕🥕 and the b🥕," one poster wrote. Another wrote, "My uncle 55 , brain tumor after 🥕🥕." Based on Jones' screenshots, a common theme in these posts is users blaming health problems associated with getting older on the COVID vaccine.

    Users in that thread also pointed out some other emojis that anti-vax groups would use, like the 🍺 emoji(Opens in a new tab) (booster / booze-ster) or the 🍎 emoji(Opens in a new tab) back when the CDC started allowing kids to be vaccinated.

    A cursory search on Twitter of "🥕 covid"(Opens in a new tab) will bring up hundreds of tweets in French posted by users adorning the carrot in their display names. A Google translation of some of these tweets shows users questioning the validity of COVID-19 vaccine measurements put in place by French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Social Media's Auto-Moderation Problem

    The use of emojis as code for something more sinister is not new. And not in a darkly funny crab emoji way but in an "I'm trying to be slick about my bigotry" kind of way.

    Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have come under fire in the past for lackluster responses in stopping racist abuse toward Black soccer players(Opens in a new tab). Internet trolls would post emojis of monkeys and bananas as racist gestures using imagery often associated with racist stereotypes of Black people.

    Another way bad actors get away with spreading falsehoods and hate across the internet involves the use of word camouflage. In a research study(Opens in a new tab) by Ana Romero-Vicente, a researcher with EU DisinfoLab, this technique involves the subtle tweaking of keywords so that they are "understandable for users while remaining undetected to social networks’ content moderation systems." For example, "v4c11ne" would mean "vaccine."

    SEE ALSO: Meta Oversight Board finds plenty of flaws with Facebook's content moderation

    Romero states that tackling this phenomenon of word camouflaging is a complex task that requires blocking lists on social media to be constantly re-evaluated and optimize to achieve a delicate balance between misinformation and content that doesn't violate the rules.

    Facebook for its part is actively attempting to shut down groups that try to spread vaccine information. The platform's Help Center(Opens in a new tab) states that it will remove "Claims that COVID-19 vaccines are experimental if the context of the claim also suggests that vaccinated people are taking part in a medical experiment," and "Claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people."

    This talk of moderating COVID content may be moot, however. Nick Clegg, Meta's president of global affairs wrote in July(Opens in a new tab) that he questioned whether "the time is right for us to seek input from the Oversight Board about our measures to address COVID-19 misinformation, including whether those introduced in the early days of an extraordinary global crisis remains the right approach for the months and years ahead." In other words, Meta may soon stop trying to take down anti-vax content altogether.

  • Protesters shine torches, lights onto the Sydney Opera House

    Protesters shine torches, lights onto the Sydney Opera House


    More than 1,000 protesters, armed with torches, flashlights and smartphones, shone lights on the sails of the Sydney Opera House in Australia on Tuesday night.

    Protesters sought to obscure a promotion for a horse racing event called The Everest, after the state of New South Wales' government strong-armed its way(opens in a new tab) into ensuring the projection on the building would take place.

    SEE ALSO: Why putting crisp packs in mail boxes as an act of protest isn't as effective as you'd think

    The Sydney Opera House has a policy in which logos, corporate identities or colours are forbidden from being projected onto its sails, as to not undermine its heritage status.

    "Unless for a specific artistic purpose in relation to Sydney Opera House, text or slogans will not be permitted," the policy reads.


    Police watch protesters shining lights onto the Opera House sails. Credit: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

    Despite resistance from the Sydney Opera House's CEO Louise Herron, which culminated in a controversial radio interview(opens in a new tab), and more than 300,000 petition signatures(opens in a new tab) against the promotion from the public, the projection went ahead.

    Protesters pointed their torches and flashlights at the sails, where horse numbers, colours and a logo for The Everest would be projected, in an attempt to wash it out.

    They were unhappy with the use of the much-loved Opera House as a billboard for gambling, and the government being lobbied by the racing industry and sections of the media(opens in a new tab) into ensuring the promotion would be displayed.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, previously the director of Tourism Australia, defended State Premier Gladys Berejiklian's deal with Racing NSW, calling the Opera House "the biggest billboard Sydney has."

    Loud boos and chants rang from the base of the Opera House when the projection took place, and could be heard from a distance.


    Across the water, the lights managed to partially wash out the projection.

    Although the projection was still largely visible, it was clear that protesters had crashed the party.

  • The 49ers, Kaepernicks last NFL team, criticized for Blackout Tuesday post

    The 49ers, Kaepernicks last NFL team, criticized for Blackout Tuesday post

    The San Francisco 49ers — the NFL franchise that infamously helped push Colin Kaepernick out of the league — posted in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and used the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday in a tweet on Tuesday.


    Folks were obviously pretty quick to point out the hypocrisy.

    Kaepernick, when he was in the NFL, started a high-profile peaceful protest against police brutality and the oppression of black people in America. He took a knee during the national anthem, which enraged certain subsets of Americans — most notably the president of the United States.

    Now the nation is embroiled in massive, widespread anti-racism protests after police in Minneapolis killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. Blackout Tuesday, an initiative started by the music industry, involved people posting black squares on social media. The initiative immediately led to controversy over whether it was really useful. (Mashable has a guide here on how you can make an actually help, if you choose to participate.)

    SEE ALSO: How to demand justice for George Floyd and support Minneapolis protesters

    Kaepernick hasn't been signed to an NFL team since 2017 despite, by all objective(Opens in a new tab) and statistical measures(Opens in a new tab), being more than good enough to earn a job.

    And while the QB technically opted out of his 49ers contract back in 2017, the organization has flatly admitted(Opens in a new tab) they made it clear to Kaepernick they intended to cut him. Since then, he hasn't been afforded any real chance at rejoining the league, leading to the widespread belief that he's been blackballed by the NFL.

    San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York has claimed the franchise(Opens in a new tab) didn't encourage other teams to steer clear of Kaepernick. "We had no negative conversations with other teams saying, 'Don't sign Colin,'" York said on Freakonomics Radio's The Hidden Side of Sports in 2018. "We wouldn't do that with Colin. We wouldn't do that with anybody."

    Lots of folks aren't buying the 49ers' public comments, though.

    Eric Reid, Kaepernick's former teammate who kneeled alongside him, wrote on Twitter(Opens in a new tab): "I think you meant Blackball Tuesday...I digress." Reid is currently a free agent.

  • Here are pictures of fluffy dogs we know you want


    Here are pictures of fluffy dogs we know you want

    Forget Shark Week, it’s Bark Week on Mashable. Join us as we celebrate all the good dogs, which we humans do not deserve.

    When it all becomes too much, it's important to have an outlet.

    Sure, yoga is good, and reading a good book is nice. But we're here to talk about the greatest activity of all: looking at fluffy dogs. Not just regular fluffy dogs, either. We're talking very fluffy dogs. Like, dogs whose Embark tests would probably come back "100 percent cotton ball."

    SEE ALSO: People really want their dogs to chill out with CBD and demand is sky high

    You're in luck! Here are a bunch of them. Please enjoy.

    A chow chow sticking out its purple tongue

    dog pet chow chow; Shutterstock ID 1060882775; Project Name: ; Requested By: ; Client/Licensee: Credit: Shutterstock / BIGANDT.COM

    A rough collie flaunting its gorgeous coat

    Long haired gold rough collie looking forward to play at park; Shutterstock ID 524098534; Project Name: ; Requested By: ; Client/Licensee: Credit: Shutterstock / kanashi

    A Pomeranian: 90% fur and 10% dog

    Pomeranian Credit: Richard Stabler/Getty Images

    A beautiful keeshond lounging in tall grass

    Deutscher wolfspitz is sitting in a green grass. Keeshond or german spitz.; Shutterstock ID 1131973280; Project Name: ; Requested By: ; Client/Licensee: Credit: Shutterstock / Tikhomirov Sergey

    Two Samoyeds blending seamlessly into the snowy background

    Purebred Samoyed dog outdoors in a Sunny winter day.; Shutterstock ID 774050992; Project Name: ; Requested By: ; Client/Licensee: Credit: Shutterstock / Nikolay_Alekhin

    A pile of fur. Perhaps there is a dog underneath

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    A Newfoundland puppy sporting an interesting hairdo

    Wet Newfoundland puppy dog outdoor portrait at ocean beach; Shutterstock ID 1098725033; Project Name: ; Requested By: ; Client/Licensee: Credit: Shutterstock / everydoghasastory

    A Pomeranian who is just happy to be here

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    A smiling Schipperke hanging out among the flowers

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    A stoic coton de tulear

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    A blue merle Shetland sheepdog who loves to soak up the sun(opens in a new tab)

    Outdoors portrait of cute and fluffy blue merle shetland sheepdog male. Gray little sheltie, obedient lassie dog with sable and white markings lies outdoors on sunny summer day; Shutterstock ID 1136969147; Project Name: ; Requested By: ; Client/Licensee: Credit: Shutterstock / Lisjatina

    A tufty Tibetan mastiff, whose eyes will see straight into your soul and heal what ails you

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    And a Pomeranian-husky mix who is grouchy, but still good (A mood)

    Cute pomsky mini husky puppy standing looking at the camera seen from the side on a white background; Shutterstock ID 1034633875; Project Name: ; Requested By: ; Client/Licensee: Credit: Shutterstock / MirasWonderland

  • People are celebrating Lunar New Year by dressing up their dogs

    People are celebrating Lunar New Year by dressing up their dogs


    Friday is Lunar New Year, and people are ringing the Year of the Dog by celebrating their pups.

    SEE ALSO: How to see the super blue blood moon even from the East Coast

    Each lunar year is based on one of the 12 Zodiac signs. In celebrating 2018's Year of the Dog, people are dressing up their pets for the most precious photoshoots.

    Some people were just happy that all of the Valentine's Day nonsense was finally over, like Twitter user @henryevil, who posted this adorable picture of their corgi surrounded by plush firecrackers and a fake orange plant. In Chinese culture, oranges represent good fortune. It looks like this corgi is ready for a prosperous year!

    Unfortunately, not all of the dogs dressed for the new year celebrations were happy about it, like this stressed pup dressed in a traditional lion dance costume usually seen at Chinese parades.

    Lunar New Year is widely celebrated in East and South Asian countries, and is based on the Lunisolar calendar. It typically falls between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20, and marks the first new moon of the year. Festivities include bright parades, an abundance of food, and lots of red.


    And this year, festivities include celebrating man's best friend.

    Happy New Year!

  • Sir Ian McKellen recorded a very sweet video for Sir Patrick Stewarts 80th birthday

    Sir Ian McKellen recorded a very sweet video for Sir Patrick Stewarts 80th birthday

    Sir Patrick Stewart promised us another sonnet on his 80th birthday, and you'd better believe he delivered.


    Or at least, his BFF did (with a little help from Stewart's wife, Sunny Ozell).

    "Sunny and my team took over for my birthday, and arranged this gift for today's reading," Stewart wrote on Twitter on Monday, posting a video not from his own armchair, but that of his dear friend. "Sonnet 81 by Ian McKellen. Thank you, dear Ian."

    "A very happy birthday, dear Patrick," says McKellen at the end of the video, after he's finished his reading the sonnet dedicated to his friend. "Lots of love, Ian."

    SEE ALSO: 29 times Patrick Stewart was hands down the most awesome guy on Twitter

    That sonnet is the latest in Stewart's ongoing series, in which he tries to read a Shakespeare sonnet every day during the coronavirus pandemic (he started the project back in March, and aside from a few breaks, he's been going strong ever since).

    Adorable stuff.

  • The official Disney Twitter account posted a weirdly dark tweet and people are confused


    The official Disney Twitter account posted a weirdly dark tweet and people are confused

    Disney is known for its family-friendly messages and wholesome content -- or at least they used to be.

    Even when trying to be relatable across social media, they usually keep their messages light(opens in a new tab) and funny(opens in a new tab). If their posts get moodier(opens in a new tab), they're still not at the level of internet nihilism that Twitter is known for.

    SEE ALSO: Now you can virtually explore Disney parks without spending a buck

    On Sunday, however, the official Disney account (opens in a new tab)posted a very, uh, un-Disney-like tweet (which has since been, unfortunately, removed) with the text "when someone compliments you, but you're dead inside" over a gif of Pinocchio's lifeless puppet body.

    This isn't completely atypical social behavior for other brands, but seeing dark internet humor on the usually wholesome Disney account prompted some very confused reactions from fans.

    People were shocked to see that this came from the actual verified Disney account and not a meme account.

    Others just plain thought it was hilarious.

    Some were more compassionate, offering love and support to the Disney twitter.

    This was most likely an attempt by Disney to be more relatable to the disillusioned social media generation, but given the company's history -- focusing on listening to dreams, following hearts, and making wishes on stars -- it was certainly a bit startling to see their new take on life.

    Disney's decision to delete the tweet is honestly a bit of a disappointment. Bleak, insecure, millennial-speaking Disney looked like it was going to be an exciting direction for the company.

    But, hey, at least we got the comfort of seeing a brief glimpse of the truth behind the cheery outer facade? Even positive and enthusiastic Disney has hidden insecurities, apparently.

    We reached out to Disney for comment, but have not yet heard back.

    UPDATE: April 9, 2018, 11:22 a.m. EDT This article has been modified to include updates about Disney’s deletion of the tweet.

  • What to do when you get stuck in a masturbation rut

    What to do when you get stuck in a masturbation rut

    May is National Masturbation Month, and we're celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure.


    When it comes to getting off, we all know the quickest way to get the job done.

    Being intimately acquainted with the fastest route to giving yourself an orgasm can be a wonderful thing. And if it ain't broke don't fix it — there's certainly nothing bad about masturbating the same way over and over again. As Dr Britney Blair, licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of Lover: the Sexual Wellness App, says: "there’s nothing wrong with having a go-to location, position, technique, and fantasy."

    But if you feel like you're stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to your onanistic routine, and you want to shake things up a bit, we've some, uhh, handy advice for you.

    Know the facts

    If you've heard the term "death grip syndrome"(Opens in a new tab) and are concerned that gripping your penis in a very tight clench while self-pleasuring might be causing you difficulties in orgasming during partnered sex, it's important to know there is some disagreement over the legitimacy and prevalence of this issue. Death grip is not a recognised medical condition(Opens in a new tab) and there is little research into the largely anecdotally reported phenomenon. But there are plenty of articles online with advice for people(Opens in a new tab) exhibiting symptoms of desensitisation due to masturbating with large amounts of pressure and grip.

    While we're on this topic, if you're worried that masturbating with a vibrator is giving you "dead vagina syndrome"(Opens in a new tab) or a loss in sensitivity, gynaecologists say(Opens in a new tab) there is "no medical evidence that dead vagina syndrome is a real condition." So, use your clit suckers and vibrators with abandon.

    Change how you think about solo sex

    A change in mindset can also go a long way. Duchess Iphie, who is a sex, intimacy and relationship strategist, says the best way to get unstuck from a routine is to change how we think about masturbation. "Thinking of it as self-pleasure as opposed to self-touch enables you to be open to the idea of introducing toys, changing the intensity, speed and pressure of touching yourself," says Iphie.

    Variety is the spice of life. So, if you find yourself getting a bit bored of masturbating in the same old way you usually do, think about the ways you can introduce some new sensations. Duchess Iphie suggests touching parts of your body beyond your genitals. "Explore other areas of your body that feel sensual and sensitive, such as your breasts, thighs, mouth and any other sites that may be undiscovered," says Iphie. "Don't focus on just the penis or vagina. Remember to stimulate all your senses during self-pleasure to get maximum enjoyment, pleasure and orgasm without feeling pressured to share that with anyone else."

    Introducing toys if you typically masturbate with your hands is another way to switch things up. Dr Blair says: "If you have a vulva, using different toys or sometimes just touching yourself so you don’t get acclimated to one sensation." And if you're not sure where to begin, here's a guide to some of the best sex toys on the market.

    Switch positions or locations

    While Ariana Grande's song "Positions" doesn't appear to be a masturbation anthem (though she should really consider writing one), "switchin' them positions" is a great shout when it comes to jazzing things up. Cara Thien, founder of sexual wellness CBD brand Dani Pepper, recommends trying out some new masturbation positions.

    SEE ALSO: What to do when your soul is too tired to even get off post-pandemic

    "Standing, on your knees, even bent over on the kitchen counter. And be adventurous. Masturbation doesn't need to be confined to the bedroom, change your location," says Thien. "Light some candles and get comfy in the living room. Just get out of your 'normal' masturbation space."

    Try edging

    Edging(Opens in a new tab) — which is also known as "surfing," "orgasm training," and "peaking" — is a technique that involves bringing yourself (or a partner) to the brink of orgasmic inevitability and then stopping. You then take a few breaths and start again until you feel like you're about to come. As Duchess Iphie explains, "this is where you stop stroking when you feel yourself reaching an orgasm, take a few breaths and then start again till you feel ready to orgasm."

    Slow things right down

    If you've got accustomed to masturbating very quickly because you don't have much alone time or privacy, it might be time for a change of pace. Know that you can play around with pace and rhythm during your solo sex session too. "Take your time, enjoy the moment. Start slow, find a rhythm, increase your intensity, then slow down and begin again. Repeat until you just can't stop," says Thien.

    There's nothing wrong with sticking to a routine when it comes to masturbation. But if you feel in the mood for a change, there are plenty of options available to you. Most importantly of all, enjoy yourself!

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