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Monday, 10 March 2014

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Facebook now allow different default pictures

Following on from Facebook allowing users of the popular social networking site to indicate a gender other than the rigidly binary Male and Female, the default profile picture will now be changed.

"Not all our users want to put a profile picture," said Mark Zuckerberg, creator and owner of Facebook. "Some like to be anonymous in the search list."

However, the default profile either shows a silhouette of a man or a woman, which may not be appropriate.

"Instead of the outlines," said Zuckerberg, "we will be having a thought bubble with Zs in it. This is to indicate in a multilingual way how bone idle and lazy this user is."

For those users who aren't bone idle or lazy, they can alter the image used to one of three defaults.

"We've still got the male and female outlines," Zuckerberg said. "We've also got a circle with a question mark in it, an emoticon with pluses for eyes and the phrase 'You have to be my friend to see my pictures'."

Facebook believe this should satisfy both privacy and transgender activists.

"Facebook is a tool for the people, and we listen to the people," said Zuckerberg. "Admittedly, it can take us four or five years to realise they're saying anything. But we get there in the end."

Facebook's motto is 'Run Fast and Break Things'. Many believe it is this motto that means that they are not listening to their user-base.

"I've emailed Facebook about serious privacy issues," said Mr X, privacy advocate for American Anonymous, a group concerned with how little privacy Americans have these days. "All that happened is I've started receiving junk email on that account."

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