Instagram testing screenshot warnings in Stories

Instagram testing screenshot warnings in Stories

Instagram has now added the functionality to the ephemeral part of its own social network, Stories.

Instagram is testing a feature that will show users when someone else takes a screenshot of their story. 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. While Snapchat is more suited towards the younger crowd, Instagram has usually held a reputation for being the more level-headed of the two, treating its users like normal people and not giving them ridiculous restrictions.

And users who are participating in the test can see who took a screenshot of their story by going to the list of story viewers and seeing a new camera shutter logo next to anyone who took a screenshot of their photo. To be exactly clear, the owners of the original posts would not be getting some specific alert when someone takes a screenshot of their story, however, it would only show up in their list of story viewers.

Instagram acknowledged the test and said it is always working on ways to improve the platform.

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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.

If your smartphone is set to Aeroplane Mode when you take the screenshot, you'll be able to bypass the warning. Like there is a chance that people might stop watching stories in greater number as they would not be able to take screenshots anonymously.

Notably, Instagram introduced a similar screenshot feature back in 2016 that provided notification when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message. Alternatively, you can resort to a dedicated third-party app, like Story Reposter that will perform the same trick. The feature if rolled out, it would intrinsically align Instagram with Snapchat in order to see how the platform tackles with screenshots.

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