Facebook is introducing new tools to protect profile pictures

Facebook Profile Guard feature will prevent other users from being able to download, share, or send the photo in a Facebook Message.

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Highlights

    • Facebook introduces new tools to protect profile photos
    • Profile Guard will stop user from sharing and downloading photo
    • These features will be available throughout the country by June 27.

Facebook has come up with new features, taking a step to make women on its social media platform feel safer in India. The company has announced two new tools that will give users more control over their profile photos, and prevent anyone from sharing and downloading their pictures.

“In India, we’ve heard that people want more control over their profile pictures, and we’ve been working over the past year to understand how we can help,” Aarati Soman, Product Manager at Facebook said.

One of the features, is ‘Profile Guard’ which will prevent other users from being able to download, share, or send the photo in a Facebook Message. The latest versions of Facebook’s Android App will also restrict users from taking a screenshot of a guarded photo. Profile pictures with this type of security will show up with a blue border and shield, which Soman calls “a visual cue so people understand you would like your picture to be protected.”

The other important feature that Facebook has introduced, is a design overlay that users can trigger on their profile pictures. The users will get to choose from several different patterns which is called the “mimic traditional art designs from around India.” Facebook claims that an extra layer of design on the profile picture will make it less likely to get downloaded.

Both these amazing new features will show up on the news feed for Indian users, and it will be available in over 30 regional languages. The roll-out starts Wednesday, June 22 and it will be available throughout India by June 27.