Profile Picture Robbery Is So Bad In India That Facebook Is Letting People Block Screenshots

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Posted on: June 25, 2017

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That shiny blue shield isn’t going to stop creepy exes, though.

Facebook is rolling out a brand new feature called “profile picture guard” for users in India. Here’s what it looks like when you activate it.

Facebook is rolling out a brand new feature called “profile picture guard” for users in India. Here’s what it looks like when you activate it.

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In a blog post published on Wednesday, Facebook said it came up with the feature after the company’s research found that some women in India didn't share profile pictures with faces because they were concerned they might be misused.

In a blog post published on Wednesday, Facebook said it came up with the feature after the company’s research found that some women in India didn't share profile pictures with faces because they were concerned they might be misused.

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• 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

The world's largest social network said it may expand the "profile picture guard" to other countries, depending on its experience with the feature in India.

This is what happens when someone with the latest version of the Facebook app on an Android phone tries to sneak-shot your profile picture if you have this feature enabled:

This is what happens when someone with the latest version of the Facebook app on an Android phone tries to sneak-shot your profile picture if you have this feature enabled:

~However~ we tested this with multiple Android phones and found that some people were able to take screenshots of profile pictures, blue shield be damned. A Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that this was because it was rolling out the feature in phases, and that it should work for everyone in India within a few weeks.

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