Facebook now lets Indian users lock their profile for improved privacy

By Press Release | Published on 21 May 2020
Facebook now lets Indian users lock their profile for improved privacy
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Facebook has introduced a new safety feature in India that allows users to lock their profile. Once locked, the non-friends will no longer be able to zoom-in, share or download full-size profile photos or cover photos. They will also not be able to see photos and posts on your timeline. Facebook will also add an indicator to the profile page to remind users that their profile is locked.

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Today we are launching a new safety feature in India that allows you to lock your profile. We are constantly looking for additional ways to keep our users safer and more secure. The ability to lock your profile is a feature designed for people in India, especially women, who want more control over their Facebook experience.

Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook India says, “We are committed to providing a safe platform for people to express themselves. We are deeply aware of the concerns people in India, particularly women, have about protecting their online profile. Today, we are announcing a new feature which, in one easy step, will give people a lot more control, ensure their privacy and keep them safe and secure online.”

Locking your profile enables you to apply multiple existing privacy settings plus several new features to your Facebook profile in one easy step. When you lock your profile, non-friends cannot: 

  • Zoom into, share or download your full-size profile picture and cover photo 
  • See photos and posts on your timeline (both historic and new)
  • An indicator is added to your profile page to remind you your profile is locked.

 “We have often heard from young girls that they are hesitant to share about themselves online and are intimidated by the idea of someone misusing their information. I am very happy to see that Facebook is making efforts to learn about their concerns and building products that can give them the experience they want. This new safety feature will give women, especially young girls a chance to express themselves freely.” - Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research 

  • To turn on this feature, from your profile:
  • Tap More under your name
  • Tap Lock Profile
  • Tap Lock Your Profile again to confirm
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