Facebook is piloting new tools to extend profile picture control for users. Only Facebook users in India, for now, will be able to determine who can share and download their profile pictures. uThis comes as part of the social media company’s goal to understand the needs of people. The tools, for now, are targeting India. Apparently, Facebook users in India want more control over their profile pictures. But they are set to expand to other countries soon.
The tools have been developed in partnership with Indian safety organisations like Youth Ki Awaaz, Learning Links Foundation, and Centre for Social Research, and Breakthrough, and are designed to give people more control over their experience and help keep them safe online.
Facebook believes profile pictures are an important part of community building on the social media network. Profile pictures help people find friends and create meaningful connections. The social media giant in its research with people and safety organisations in India discovered that some women in India might choose not to share profile pictures that include their faces on the internet. This is because of the fear of profile picture theft.
What users can control
- A step by step guide to add an optional profile picture guard will start showing.
- Other users won’t be to download, share or send your profile picture in a message on Facebook.
- Facebook will make efforts to prevent other users from taking a screenshot of your profile picture, (currently, it’s for Android devices).
- People you’re not friends with on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile pictures.
A blue border and shield around your profile picture will now appear as a visual cue for protection. If one suspects that a picture marked with one of these designs is being misused, they can report it to Facebook. The designs will help to determine whether the picture should be removed from the community. Facebook has in the last year been pushing to make the platform safer and more useful. Earlier this year they introduced some suicide prevention tools to make the platform safer.