A Journalist Used Snapchat Filters to Protect Identities

By: Hayley McGlone - Jul 20, 2016
References: facebook & mashable
Yusuf Omar of the Hindustan Times is utilizing Snapchat filters for a more serious project than usual. Omar interviewed two participants of India's first Climb Against Sexual Abuse and used Snapchat filters to mask the identities of the interviewees. The use of filters enabled both women to tell their stories without fear of being recognized.

Omar also diverged from the typical interview format with the interviewees using selfie sticks and talking into the camera. Both women selected the fire-breathing dragon filter for their interview. While Snapchat filters can mask the identity of the interviewee, it is still possible so recognize emotion in their eyes or on their faces. Being able to capture emotion while still hiding the identity is something that the traditional blurring of the face couldn't offer for interviews. Omar believes that this could offer a more raw and honest aspect to journalism.