Facebook offers Indian women tools to protect privacy

Facebook has 184 million active monthly users in India, its second-largest market after the United States
Facebook has 184 million active monthly users in India, its second-largest market after the United States

Facebook has introduced new security features for women using the social media platform in India, including the ability to prevent strangers from downloading their profile pictures, the company said Thursday.

Research by the giant found that some Indian women were reluctant to show their faces in their , fearing the images could be misused.

In response, Facebook teamed up with local activists to develop two tools that offer women greater control over their profiles and "help keep them safe online," wrote product manager Aarati Soman on the company's blog.

The first safeguard—identified by a small shield and blue border on the image—prevents strangers from downloading, sharing or tagging themselves in someone else's profile picture, or taking a screen shot of the image.

The second overlays an additional design on the image that research shows dissuades people from making a copy of the image, Soman added.

Facebook plans to offer these tools in other countries based on what it learns in India.

"These tools will be available to both men and women as they continue to roll out more broadly," a Facebook spokesman told AFP.

Facebook has 184 million active monthly users in India, its second-largest market after the United States.

© 2017 AFP

Citation: Facebook offers Indian women tools to protect privacy (2017, June 22) retrieved 18 May 2024 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-facebook-indian-women-tools-privacy.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Social media users adapt personas specifically for platforms

2 shares

Feedback to editors