Facebook introduces profile picture protections to stop people from misusing images
Feature available in India now
Facebook on Wednesday announced it is piloting new tools in India that can prevent misuse of profile pictures. The new feature gives more control to users by limiting who can download and share their profile pictures. People who opt in will also get a blue shield border around their image, and — on Android at least — Facebook says it will prevent users from taking screenshots of users’ profile pictures “where possible.”
How to Use the New Tool:
Refresh your News Feed, and you may see a message (pictured below), prompting you to Help Protect Your Profile Picture
1. Tap Turn On Profile Picture Guard
2. You will then see a screen explaining the benefits of the Profile Picture Guard
3. Click Next
4. You will then see your current profile photo, complete with the shield symbol, with the option to Save
1. Open your Facebook profile.
2. Tap your profile photo
3. You will then see the option (pictured below) to Turn on profile picture guard
4. If selected, you will get the option to Save, and then see your profile photo with the shield symbol
As for the ability to add a design to your profile photo, the option shows up as a prompt on your News Feed, just like Tips 1 above. You will see the message Add a Design to Your Profile Picture, followed by the option to Add Design. Once you tap this, you can then select from a range of design overlays, and then click Next. The steps are pictured below.
“Based on preliminary tests, we’ve learned that when someone adds an extra design layer to their profile picture, other people are at least 75 percent less likely to copy that picture,” said Soman. Facebook says that these designs will make it easier for users to report misuse of their profile picture.
Still, though, if tests have shown that fairly simple additions can deter opportunists, then the tools are a potentially useful option for Indian users. For now, Facebook has not yet indicated whether similar measures will come to other countries.