Facebook, one of the most popular social media apps, has recently launched a new safety feature for Indian users which allows them to lock their profile completely. The new feature allows users to keep a check on who is viewing their profile and make sure that only their friends can view their photos and posts. This new feature gives users more control over their Facebook experience. The feature has been launched in select countries only including India.
Once the new feature is enabled then no one except your friends can zoom into, share or download your full-size profile picture or your cover photo. It restricts others from seeing posts on your timeline. Any posts that a user has shared publicly will change to friends. Only a small portion of the ‘About info’ will be visible to everyone on the profile.
To lock Facebook profile here is a step-by-step guide
1. First, you will need to update your Facebook app by heading over to the Google Play Store or Apple App store.
2. Go to your profile page.
3. Next, go to ‘More’ under your profile name.
4. Click on the drop-down menu and look for the ‘Lock Profile’ option. Next, click it.
5. Next, you will receive a confirmation message on your screen.
6. Then click on ‘Lock Your Profile’ to lock your profile.
What happens once your Facebook profile is locked
Once your profile is locked, only limited details will be visible to people who are not your friends. Your friends will still be able to view the following.
– Any Pictures and posts on your profile.
– They will be able to view the cover photo or full profile picture.
– Stories will be visible to friends.
– Any new posts and pictures will be visible.
Apart from this, any posts users have shared in the past publicly will change to ‘Friends Only’ automatically. The Profile review and tag review will be turned on for users who lock their profile. Only a small portion of their About info will be visible to everyone on their profile.
How to Lock Facebook profile via mobile app
To lock your Facebook profile via the Android mobile app, follow the below-mentioned steps.
1. First, you need to go to your profile on the Facebook app
2. Next Tap the three-dot menu icon next to ‘Add to Story’ You will be able to see a Lock Profile option, tap on it.
3. The next page will give you a brief on how it works with an option to Lock Your Profile at the bottom, tap on it.
4. You should see a pop-up that says ‘You Locked Your Profile’, tap on OK
Here’s how to Lock Facebook profile via desktop
1. To lock your Facebook profile via desktop, head to https://www.facebook.com/
2. Open the profile icon in the URL, and replace ‘www’ with ‘m’ so it says ‘m.facebook.com/yourprofilename’
3. This takes you to the mobile version of Facebook on your desktop browser.
4. Next you will be able to see a three-dot menu next to the Edit Profile option.
5. In the three-dot menu, click on the Lock Profile option.
6. The next page shows how the locking works, and users get an option to Lock Your Profile at the bottom. Simply click on it.
Your profile is now locked.
How to disable posting on Facebook timeline
Only you and your friends can post on your Facebook profile. To stop your friends from posting on your Facebook profile follow the below-mentioned steps.
1. Click on the top right of Facebook
2. Choose Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.
3. Next In the left column, click Profile and Tagging.
4. Check for the setting ‘Who can post on your profile?
5. Then click the Edit option on the right corner.
6. Next from the dropdown menu choose the ‘Only Me’ option.
However, your friends will still be able to post comments on any post they can see on your profile like images that they are tagged in.
How to unlock your Facebook profile
To unlock your Facebook profile, the steps are the same for both the mobile app and desktop.
1. Where users could see the Lock Profile option earlier, they can now see an Unlock Profile option.
2. Now click on it and hit Unlock profile on the next screen.
3. You will be able to see information on how unlocking your profile works. There is an option to Unlock Your Profile at the bottom, simply click on it and your profile will be unlocked.
Unlocking the Facebook profile will allow all users to see your posts, pictures, etc. To maintain privacy users also have an option to control privacy through the Privacy settings. Here are some of the thing’s users can do to control who views your profile and other information.
1. They can use the Privacy check-up tool to ensure complete privacy of their profile.
2. Select who they share posts, pictures, as well as other information with.
3. Edit basic information and choose who can see it.
4. Users also have an option to change story privacy settings.
5. They can turn on Profile Review to control privacy.
6. Turn on the tag review option.
7. They have an option to Turn on Profile Picture Guard.
8. They can also use Control Who Can Friend and Follow You.
9. Keep a check and don’t make your email or mobile phone number public.
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Australia’s drug regulator is considering referring Covid vaccine misinformation posts to the federal police, after anti-vaccine campaigners targeted a Labor MP who posted about getting the jab.
In response to a viral post of Labor backbencher Julian Hill receiving his vaccine, numerous users posted false material purportedly from the Therapeutic Goods Administration wrongly claiming Covid-19 vaccines have caused more than 200 deaths.
The figure they used was in fact the number of people who have died after receiving the vaccine, but apart from one case, none have been linked by the TGA to the vaccine.
The TGA told Guardian Australia the alleged posting of the death counter was “particularly concerning” and it would consider referring it to the federal police.
Hill, who holds the outer Melbourne suburban seat of Bruce, has complained to the health minister, Greg Hunt, that the “serious misinformation” is spreading online “in the absence of a proper national public health campaign to combat misinformation”.
In addition to replies wishing him well and expressing support for vaccination, many responded with an image citing the TGA’s weekly vaccine safety report for the incorrect claim there had been 210 “Covid-19 vaccine deaths” from 1 January to 23 May without mentioning most of these deaths were not caused by the vaccine.
“Apart from the single Australian case in which death was linked to [blood clots], Covid-19 vaccines have not been found to cause death,” the TGA safety report said.
More than three-quarters of the 210 deaths were in those aged over 75. “To date, the observed number of deaths reported after vaccination is actually less than the expected number of deaths,” it said.
The TGA said: “The alleged posting particularly of the false information of the death counter from ‘Covid-19 vaccines’ with the department’s and TGA’s apparent endorsement is particularly concerning.”
The TGA noted it is a criminal offence, punishable by two years in prison, to represent oneself as a commonwealth body or acting on behalf of one.
“The TGA will assess the information provided in the enquiry and refer the matter to the Australian federal police as an offence under the criminal code as appropriate.
“If evidence of a Facebook post is provided or found the TGA will also engage with Facebook.”
Several users also posted a letter from the TGA to a request for a document that provides “scientific factual evidence of the testing procedure being used in Australia that 100% positively identifies Covid-19 … in a living human, beyond any reasonable doubt”.
The letter states that no such documents exist, although point-of-care test kits for identifying Covid-19 were approved by the TGA.
Hill told Hunt he was “especially concerned about the large number of people purporting to share official information from the Australian government”.
“The lack of a national public health campaign to combat misinformation is extremely concerning.
“When the national government vacates the field, it leaves room for misinformation and conspiracy theories to flourish, especially online.”
Hill called for a “proactive effort to crowd out and call out the frankly batshit crazy stuff that is being spread”.
“Australians will continue to be exposed to restrictions and lockdowns … until enough of the population is fully vaccinated.”
“As always, we suggest Australians get medical advice from medical experts, not Facebook,” he said.
The national Covid-19 vaccines campaign budget has a total budget of $40m over two years. Hunt’s spokesman cited ads running in all media since May, many containing “leading medical authorities” such as the TGA’s professor John Skerritt, chief nurse Alison McMillan and former deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth.
The government has struggled with misinformation since newly independent MP Craig Kelly spruiked unproven Covid treatments while still a Liberal member of the government. Scott Morrison eventually distanced himself from Kelly’s comments after weeks of simply advising Australians not to get information from social media.
Hill told Guardian Australia he hadn’t reported the issue of his vaccination photo to Facebook as he feared it would be “self-defeating” and result in the original photo being deleted, despite the fact it has “served a positive purpose in that numerous people have messaged seeking proper information and help”.
“I have reported or blocked some of the comments which hopefully Facebook will deal with, but it’s impossible to deal with a deluge of 14,000+ comments.”
Guardian Australia contacted Facebook for comment.