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Facebook users are now able to change their profile pictures to pay tribute
As London comes to terms with the terror attack on Parliament yesterday, one image has become the symbol of resistance and support.
With its simple message of “We Are Not Afraid” overlaid on the iconic London Underground roundel, the image has quickly symbolised London’s strength and resistance to the attack.
The hashtag #WeAreNotAfraid has also become popular on Twitter, where the image first originated as users around the world look to show their support.
Anyone looking to show their support using the popular image can now do so via their Facebook account – here is how.
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The image has gone viral after being featured across social media following yesterday’s attacks.
If you want to show your support, Facebook is allowing users to set a temporary profile picture – and it’s easy to set up.
Hover on your existing Facebook profile picture, and an option to ‘Update Profile Picture’ should appear – clicking on this will open up the profile picture menu.
Clicking on this option will allow you to set a temporary profile picture
Simply upload the We Are Not Afraid image to this folder, then click on it to open the profile picture editing page.
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You’ll then see a box in the bottom left that says “Make Temporary’.
Clicking on this will allow you to select how long you want the image to be your profile picture, before switching back – then select Save, and you’re all done.
It’s worth noting that temporary profile pictures are always public, and once its time limit expires, it will still be visible in your profile pictures album.
A similar feature was enabled for Facebook users following the Brussels terror attacks last March, allowing users rushed to overlay the Belgian flag on their profile picture to show solidarity with the French people.
It was also rolled out after Paris was targeted by Islamic State militants in November 2015.
Facebook also activated its Safety Check feature following the attack to let users in London tell friends and family that they are safe.
The company said that, "Safety Check is our way of helping our community during natural disasters and gives you an easy and simple way to say you're safe and check on all your friends and family in one place."