Instagram Boosts Profile Image Privacy With This Update

Privacy has been the single most important thing for social media platforms for quite some time because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up giving users the level of safety they need. It turns out that Instagram is taking a rather bold step in this regard by changing the manner in which people can interact with profile pictures of the platform, as spotted by Yugi.Motta.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that users will now have a setting that can prohibit others from expanding their profile picture. This will go a long way towards preventing stalking and harassment on the platform, and allow users to have full and unrestricted control over who can view their pictures and when they can go about doing so.

Such a move will be widely welcomed, but in spite of the fact that this is the case, this is not the only advantage that the update brings to the table. Yet another positive aspect of the update is that it will make it far less likely that someone or the other could end up being impersonated than might have been the case otherwise.

Impersonators can easily screenshot profile pictures through expanded view, which can allow them to pretend to be influencers or other Instagram users with all things having been considered and taken into account. The new setting will allow those that don’t want to have to deal with identity theft to remove at least one of the many options that malicious actors explore in that regard. While they can still copy or screenshot the sized down image, it will be far too grainy to be realistic and will lead to them being easily spotted by other wary users.

It bears mentioning that many users might not be aware of the expanded profile picture option to begin with, since Instagram only rolled the feature out the previous year. Regardless, this new change will certainly be viewed as a step in the right direction due to how it can provide an added layer of privacy and security for users online along with preventing the efforts of impersonators that are unfortunately rife on the platform as of right now.

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