Facebook steps forward to stop creep from stealing photos
When using social medias like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat; security has always been an issue. Especially when it comes to photos. Now Facebook has come up with a new feature to give its users a bit more security with their photos. Facebook steps forward to stop creep from stealing photos
They have added a new feature named ‘Profile Picture Guard’. According to them, once activated:
- 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.
This feature is being tested in India right now (more creeps here I guess?!). But Facebook says it hopes to expand it to other countries soon.
In retrospect, this feature seems nice and all; but it doesn’t help much to the cause. Because people can still take a screenshot on a non-Android device or just use a camera. But the point is to deter the misuse; not stop it completely. Think of it kind of like a stock photo with a watermark – nobody wants to steal those.
In my opinion, Facebook could do much better. Snapchat’s screenshot alert was a good example. Or they could just keep it to the smaller thumbnail size to strangers.
But for now, it’s a step forward. Facebook will surely take notes and make it even better.