Facebook profile pictures are an important way to help people find you on the platform. However, a lot of people do not like uploading their real pictures on the site. For example, in India a growing number of women do not feel comfortable their pictures due to concerns over photo theft. Therefore, Facebook has taken steps to alleviate these fears. Some days ago, Facebook announced a new feature to users in India to keep their profile pictures more secure. This feature is known as Profile Guard.
Profile Guard was developed in partnership with various Indian safety organizations like Centre for Social Research, Learning Links Foundation, Breakthrough and Youth Ki Awaaz, and it is designed to give people more control over their experience and help keep them safe online. When you enable Profile Guard, here are a few things that will happen:
- Others will not be able to download, share or message your profile pictures.
- Strangers will not be able to tag themselves or anyone else in your photos.
- If possible, Facebook will prevent people from taking screenshots of your profile picture (this is currently available for Android only)
- Facebook will display a shield icon at the bottom of your picture and a blue border around the edge. This would serve as a visual cue of protection for your profile picture.
According to Facebook, these extra design layers, including the shield and border, are a strong deterrent against copying. Furthermore, the social media giants stated that these measures bring about a reduction rate of up to 75 percent. Also, Facebook states that it is exploring ways to make it easier for people to add other designs to their profile pictures, too.
Currently, there has been no word on where this feature might come up next. However, we can all agree that these privacy concerns are universal. Hopefully, Profile Guard will be released worldwide soon, as this looks like a really useful feature.