Am sure we all know someone or have been a been a victim of identity theft on Facebook. An individual copies and downloads your photo, and can use it for whatever motive they have. Menlo Park-based social networking firm, Facebook Inc. wants to help curb the problem and is introducing new protections for profile pictures.
Facebook says that 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.”
Facebook was motivated to offer the tools after hearing from Indian social and safety organizations that some women in the country elected not to upload pictures of their faces to the internet. The tools were developed in partnership with a range of those organizations, with tests indicating the kinds of things that would cut down on the misuse of profile pictures. For example, Facebook says that something as simple as adding a design overlay to a picture means that others are at least 75 percent less likely to copy it.
Users can now add those layers quickly through Facebook’s system, but the tools aren’t likely to cut out the copying of profile pictures overnight. While Facebook says it’s doing what it can to stop people from screen-shooting images via Android, users could still take screen-grabs on laptop or desktop, and the new blue shielded border is a “visual cue” of protection, rather than any hard barrier.