Instagram is testing screenshot alerts for stories

Instagram now notifies users if someone takes a screenshot of their Stories

Thank you, Instagram for the warning.

While Instagram Stories are meant to last 24 hours, taking a screenshot means that it will pretty much last forever, which sometimes isn't what other people want and they will now know when you do it.

Of course, as the years have gone by, both Snapchat and Instagram have appropriated the other's features, with Instagram adopting Snapchat's "stories" features a while back now Now, as Techchrunch reports, it seems that Instagram is jumping on the "screenshot notification" bandwagon too.

Those participating in the trial don't get a specific notification when someone takes a screenshot, but they can see a new camera shutter logo in the list of names of story viewers. Anybody could take the screenshot of someone's photo or story without notifying the creator of the post or story. For photos or stories, it is possible to take a screenshot without notifying the creator.

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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.

As per a statement given to the TechCrunch Instagram affirmed the test and said that we are always finding methods and ways for improving the experience on Instagram to make it simpler for everyone to share their moments with people who matter the most. Tests like this are usually done to see how users react to a feature such as this, so if the overwhelming response to this rollout is negative, the chances are good that Instagram will probably backpedal on this decision.

Earlier, the alerts for screenshots were provided when someone would take a screenshot of a private direct message.

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