Facebook testing new ‘Profile Picture Guard’ feature in India

Facebook recently said in their blog post that, “In India, we’ve heard that people want more control over their profile pictures, and we’ve been working over the past year to understand how we can help.” To this end, a new Profile Picture Guard is being rolled out to some people. When this is enabled by the Facebook user, other people cannot save the profile picture, nor take a screenshot of it or tag it.


If course, none of these methods are 100% effective. It’s pretty simple to take a picture of a phone screen, or use root methods that circumvent the screenshot block. This also seems limited to the mobile app; blocking screenshots from the mobile or desktop site would be impossible.

According to the company’s preliminary tests, at least 75% of users are less likely to copy a protected profile picture. For now, this test is still limited to India, with no announced date for trials in other countries.