Facebook Introduces Profile Picture Guard to Prevent Photo Misuse

Facebook Profile Picture Guard
Facebook Profile Picture Guard


Facebook has come up with a new interesting feature to prevent misuse of profile photo. It has introduced a new feature dubbed as “Profile Picture Guard” and gives users control to choose who should download and share their profile photos.

This feature is very helpful for Women in India who usually face harassment online from creepy people.

The profile picture is an important part of Facebook, but you can see lots of girls who do not feel safe adding a profile picture. These people are concerned about what may happen to their photos. They are not wrong. We have seen many incidents in past.

Facebook has developed this tool in partnership with Indian safety organizations like Centre for Social Research, Learning Links Foundation, Breakthrough and Youth Ki Awaaz. It aims to give people more control over their profile pictures and photos.

After enabling the Profile Picture Guard, other people will not be able to download, share or send the profile photo in a message on Facebook. People who are not your friends will not be able to tag anyone or themselves in your photo.

Facebook also confirmed that it will prevent users from taking a screenshot of your profile picture on Facebook. But this feature is limited to Android only. On iOS, this feature is not possible due to platform restriction.

Facebook will also display a blue border and shield around your profile picture to show other people that you have enabled the Profile Picture Guard.

Facebook also partnered with Jessica Singh, an illustrator to create designs for people to add to their profile picture. Facebook says when “someone adds an extra design layer to their profile picture, other people are at least 75% less likely to copy that picture.“

Facebook already has an option to report if someone is misusing your photos. So, do not ignore anything you see suspicious on Facebook.

As of now, this feature is only for India but Facebook has plans to introduces this in other countries as well.

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