Facebook Announces New Tools To Protect Profile Photos

Jun

22

2017

New tools give users more control over their profile photos on Facebook.
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Facebook has announced the launch of new tools to give users more control over the image of their personal files on the social network, in response to requests from users in some communities, such as India.

The new social networking tool, which is currently being tested, will give users in India more control over who can download and share their profile pictures, the social networking giant said in a blog post on its blog. As well as the possibility of adding designs to those images in order to prevent misuse.

Facebook, which has the largest social networking network in the world with more than 1.96 billion active users per month, said it plans to make new tools available in countries other than India soon, based on the success of the experiment there.

As to why the tools were launched, Facebook reported that its research with people and safety organizations in India revealed that some women choose not to share their personal images that appear anywhere on the Internet because they are concerned about what might happen to those images.

Users in India will see a step-by-step guide to add a protection feature to personal images. When this feature is activated, no one can download, share, or send a profile image in a message via Facebook, the company said.

The new tools also prevent anyone on Facebook from referring to any user in personal photos if they are not friendly, and may even prevent screen capture of the profile when possible, a feature currently available only on the Android system. To increase protection, the profile will be framed with a blue frame with a “shield” symbol.

Based on initial tests, Facebook said it had found that when someone adds an additional design to their profile picture, it reduces the likelihood of copying that image by at least 75 percent. New tools allow users to add a design.

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