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Instagram Testing Screenshot Alerts

12 February 2018

Instagram is reportedly working on a new feature that will warn you if someone takes a screenshot of your story.

Instagram has now added the functionality to the ephemeral part of its own social network, Stories. The selected users are shown an alert that the next time they take a screenshot of a friend's story, he/she will be able to see it.

Instagram Testing Screenshot Alerts
Instagram Testing Screenshot Alerts

Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories. Talking about Instagram Stories, in brief, the feature lets you post an image or video inside your Stories which will not remain on your account permanently.

It seems that users will get a free pass on the first time, where they will be prompted by a popup that lets them know that the "next time" they take a screenshot or even a screen recording of a Story, that person will know that they've done it.

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While this feature seems to be helfpul for the creator to keep track of who snapped their story's screenshot, those who take the screenshots might likely have an escape route.

Acknowledging the test, Instagram told the publication that the service is always testing ways to improve user experience on the platform and make it easier to share any moment with people who matter to you.

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Most probably Instagram is testing this feature to see if it has any prominent impact on the user engagement, before finalizing the decision whether the company should roll out the feature for all users or not. Anyone could take a screenshot of someone's photo or story without notifying the creator.

TechCrunch noted that rolling out screenshot alerts would effectively align Instagram with Snapchat, with screenshots in a direct message causing a notification to be shown to the sender, while screenshots of stories are shown in the list of viewers.

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Notably, Instagram introduced a similar screenshot feature back in 2016 that provided notification when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message.

Instagram Testing Screenshot Alerts