India is the first country to benefit from the new profile photo security tool from Facebook. While the tool is optional, it is a great addition in the face of online identity theft. Aarati Soman, Product Manager at Facebook, has said that:
“Part of our goal in building global community is understanding the needs of people who use Facebook in specific countries and how we can better serve them”.
A New Profile Photo Security Tool from Facebook
This comes as a response to the worried voices of users who are or were reluctant to upload photos of them because they were afraid of identity theft. The new profile photo security tool works in a way in which it prevents the downloading, sharing, or print screening of a user’s photo.
The information was shared on Facebook’s newsroom site. Accordingly, users will receive step-by-step instructions regarding the new tool. And by 27th June, it is expected that all users of the social platform in India will be able to use this new tool.
Facebook states that it has developed the new profile photo security tool in partnership with Centre for Social Research, Learning Links Foundation, Breakthrough and Youth Ki Awaaz.
In addition to the new tool, users will also be able to add multiple layers of design to their profile photos. Thus, this security option will render identity thieves rather useless, because it would imply more work to be done.
This comes on the premise that, in 2012, Facebook, reportedly, had 83m fake accounts. But there was not enough information about how many of those fake accounts were impersonations. And Facebook has been countering those fake accounts by deleting them.
And while the new profile photo security tool might not guarantee a total, full protection of users’ profile photos, it is a solid and steady step taken towards that direction.
Image Source: Facebook Newsroom