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Facebook working on a feature that stops profile photo theft

Facebook is taking security to anothe level by protecting the profile photos of its users from being copied and misused. The new feature is called ‘Profile Picture Guard’.

‘Profile Picture Guard’ prevents people from downloading another user’s profile pic and share it with other users in a Facebook message. Another feature is it prevents non-Facebook friends from tagging themselves or others in a person’s photo. It can even stop someone from taking a screenshot of a profile image, but this feature is only available on Android devices.

Based on a blog post by Facebook product manager, Aarati Soman, “Today, we are piloting new tools that give people in India more control over who can download and share their profile pictures. In addition, we’re exploring ways people can more easily add designs to profile pictures, which our research has shown helpful in deterring misuse. Based on what we learn from our experience in India, we hope to expand to other countries soon.”

New Controls

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 you’re not friends with on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture

– Where possible, we’ll prevent others from taking a screenshot of your profile picture on Facebook, which is currently available only on Android devices

– We’ll display a blue border and shield around your profile picture as a visual cue of protection

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