Facebook announced new protections to prevent people from copying, sharing, or otherwise misusing profile images. As per Facebook, it will be an optional tool known as the “Profile Picture Guard”. For users who opt in, Facebook will block downloading, sharing, or sending of their profile photo in messages. Nor will non-Facebook friends be able to tag themselves in a protected profile picture. Facebook has also added that this option will stop people from grabbing a screen capture or screenshots. In addition, Facebook will display a blue border and a shield icon around a protected profile picture as “a visual cue of protection”. That translates into “pretty blue graphical doo-dads that offer no actual technical impediment to getting at the photos whatsoever. Facebook notes that its tests show that adding an extra design layer on to a profile picture leads to “at least” a 75% drop in the likelihood that somebody will copy the image.
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