Posting pictures on social media always have a privacy concern, especially women. Posting pictures on your timeline is still somehow secured because the user gets to decide its accessibility. But profile picture still holds uncertainty and therefore isn’t secured yet. Still many users do it without knowing whether their picture won’t be abused.

Facebook considers the issue, and now it is testing its new feature to prevent your profile picture being abused. It will let the users decide how their profile pictures can be used and who can access them.

Facebook today announced its program in India that will enable its users to set the accessibility of their profile pictures themselves. Its new ‘Photo Guard’ feature won’t permit other users to:

  • Download a person’s profile picture.
  • Share it with others.
  • Take other people in someone else’s profile picture.
  • Take screenshots of someone else’s profile picture.

The company partnered with an Indian illustrator to design this safety guard. The optional guard, when activated, will be visible through a blue border and shield around the user’s profile image.

The feature has introduced because the company found that “some women choose not to share profile pictures that include their faces anywhere on the internet because they’re concerned about what may happen to their photos.”

The feature is currently launching in India only, but the company expects it to be launched in other countries in the near future.

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