Facebook, a blue shield protects your profile picture from thefts

Facebook developers have tested a new feature in India to prevent miscreants from using your profile photos as they please

For many users, one of the most disturbing aspects of Facebook is that another person can use your profile photo. For this reason, the developers of the social network have experimented with new algorithms, in India, to prevent strangers from using our images.

The new feature designed by Facebook will be called Photo Guard and in practice will allow greater privacy in the management and display of photos chosen as profile images. Thanks to this new feature, users will not be able to download another person's profile picture. The same image cannot be shared within the social network. With Photo Guard users will no longer even be able to tag other people in our profile picture. And on Android it will also be impossible to take a screenshot of the profile photo. For the moment, this last option is only being tested on Google's operating system, but it will soon be extended to more devices.

How Photo Guard works

Photo Guard is an optional feature, so users can decide whether to activate it on their profile or not. Those who decide to use it will see their image protected by a kind of blue shield. Facebook developers have informed users that they collaborated with an Indian designer before choosing the graphics of the new feature. "The idea - they explained from Facebook - was born because we listened to the requests of many women registered on the social. Women who were concerned about the use of their profile photos by third parties". At the moment the first phase of testing in India has given positive results and soon Photo Guard will be extended to users around the world. According to the first estimates given by the social, in this way the users will have 75% more possibilities to defend their own image from an identity theft or from the projects of an ill-intentioned person.

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