Facebook’s New Tool to Prevent Abuse of Profile Pictures


Yesterday, Facebook  announced that it is piloting a new tool that will give people more control over who can download and share their profile pictures.

The pilot program will kick off in India. The company is also exploring ways people can more easily add designs to profile pictures as a deterrence for misuse.

People in India will start seeing a step-by-step guide to add an optional profile picture guard. When you add this guard:

  • Other people will no longer be able to download, share or send your profile picture in a message on Facebook
  • People who are your friends on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture
  • Where possible, Facebook will prevent others from taking a screenshot of your profile picture on Facebook, which is currently available only on Android devices
  • Facebook will display a blue border and shield around your profile picture as a visual cue of protection

Facebook partnered with an Indian illustrator to make these safety controls more compelling with attractively designed options.

Facebook hopes to expand this to other countries soon.

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