Facebook is introducing new protections for profile pictures for users in India, in a bid to stop people from copying, sharing, or otherwise misusing their images. Users who elect to guard their profile through the new system will ensure that others can’t send, share, or download their picture, and will keep strangers from tagging themselves in the image. So below are some details for How to Use Facebook Profile Picture Guard.

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 Facebook Profile Picture Guard

Aarati Soman, Facebook Product Manager, announced the new Photo Guard tool, aka Profile Picture Guard. Additionally, she revealed Facebook is also introducing designs to profile pictures which the company’s research has shown helpful in deterring misuse.

The feature is expected to rollout to users in more countries soon which means that this will be exclusive to users in India for some time. Facebook says users in India will start seeing a step-by-step guide to add an optional profile picture guard. Once applied, the profile photo can no longer be downloaded, shared, or sent in a message on Facebook.

Method 1 to Use Facebook Profile Picture Guard

  1. 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 or You can Also try Below Method Also

Method 2 to Use Facebook Profile Picture Guard

  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.

Harassment on Facebook is a glaring issue and Facebook has had difficulty curbing it, but this is a step in the right direction from the social networking giant. Profile pictures being downloaded and shared without permission is only one of the problems that women face on social networking platforms, the other most obvious being nasty Facebook messages and comments with vulgar language.

People in India will start seeing a step-by-step guide to add an optional profile picture guard. When you add this guard:

  • Other people will no longer be able to download, share or send your profile picture in a message on Facebook
  • People you’re not friends with on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture
  • Where possible, we’ll prevent others from taking a screenshot of your profile picture on Facebook, which is currently available only on Android devices
  • We’ll display a blue border and shield around your profile picture as a visual cue of protection

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 Method 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

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