Facebook said on Thursday it is launching a new safety feature that will lock user profiles and restrict ‘non-friends’ from accessing their photos, timelines and posts (both old and new) in a single click. Facebook said the new feature is designed for people in India, especially women, who want more control over their Facebook experience.
The ‘lock your profile’ feature enables users to apply multiple existing privacy settings and other new features to their Facebook profile in one step.
When users activate the new feature, non friends will not be able to zoom into, share or download their full-size profile pictures and cover photos, besides not being able to see the photos and posts on their timelines. An indicator is also added to users’ profile page to remind them that their profile is locked.
Facebook said starting Thursday, the feature will gradually roll out to all users in India over the next one- and-a-half weeks. Roxna Irani, product manager at Facebook, said the new feature is a one-step process to restrict photos and posts from being viewed by non friends .
Ankhi Das, public policy director at Facebook India, said the company is deeply aware of the concerns , particularly women, have about protecting their online profile. “It will give people a lot more control, ensure their privacy and keep them safe and secure online,” she said.