Should you blur people’s faces when covering protests o should you not? This has been a heated debate lately, and opinions are largely different. But if you’re in the “blur the faces” team and you use an iPhone, now there’s a simple way to do it. A new shortcut lets you blur faces and strip all metadata from images in just one tap.
The shortcut is named “Blur Faces” and the man behind it is Noah Conk. It’s made for iPhones and it’s pretty simple to use. When you take a photo and apply “Blur Faces,” it will create a copy of the photo with blurred faces and all metadata stripped. Here is what it looks like:
I created an iOS shortcut for those who are out there protesting. This shortcut will blur faces and make a copy of the photo—which will have zero metadata
Feel free to donate: money is for server & software costs
— Noah (DeAg ?) (@noahconk) June 3, 2020
You can access “Blur Faces” in three different ways: through Shortcuts app, Shortcuts widget panel, or Share menu. Here is how to install it:
- Go to Settings > Shortcuts
- Turn on “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.”
- Tap “Allow” in the popup window.
- Enter your password when prompted.
- Back out of the Settings menu and then open this link in Safari.
- Tap “Add Untrusted Shortcut” to install the shortcut.
- Once the installation is done, open the shortcuts app.
- Tap the “Blur Faces” shortcut to run it for the first time, then grant it permissions to send data to a URL.
Whether or not we should blur faces when covering protests is debatable. Still, this app could be used for other purposes as well. It crossed my mind that it can be useful for sharing photos of kids, because some parents will only allow it if their children’s faces are blurred. But in whichever way you decide to use this shortcut, it should make it simple to blur faces and avoid any trouble that you otherwise might get into.