Instagram is said to be testing a new feature that will notify users when someone takes a screenshot of their stories. Instagram will be adding this feature to the ‘ephermal part’ of its platform, Stories.
The feature has been rolled out only to limited users. 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. Further, users who are participating in the test are said to be able see who took a screenshot of their story. For this they just have to go to the list of story viewers and look for the new camera shutter logo.
Surprisingly, user who have put the original post won’t be shown any alert when somebody takes a screenshot. However, the one who took the screenshot will get a preemptive warning saying, “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see.” He/she will see a star-shaped icon next to their account handle in the Story Views section.
Instagram has acknowleged the testing of this new feature and told TechCrunch,”We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you.”
Notably, Instagram introduced a similar screenshot feature back in 2016 that provided notification when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message. With this feature, users will be able to keep a tab of their stories and save it from being misused.
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. Putting the phone in airplane mode before taking the screenshot may not trigger Instagram’s new warning. Alternatively, you can resort to a dedicated third-party app, like Story Reposter that will perform the same trick. The irony here being, Instagram themselves seem to have copied (yet again!) Snapchat’s feature that warns user when someone takes screenshot of their photos and videos.