Instagram Trial Lets Users See Who Eerily Takes Screenshots Of Their ‘Stories’
By Yoon Sann Wong, 12 Feb 2018
Image via PixieMe / Shutterstock.com
Instagram is testing a notification feature that lets users see who has taken screenshots of their ‘Stories’. Instagram users involved in the trial received a pop-up, warning them that the respective creator would be aware of future screenshots.
Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories. 💔 Thank you, Instagram for the warning. pic.twitter.com/y0pEaVR0Jq— mulan (@__cajb) February 8, 2018
Similarly, test participants were able to see who on their list of ‘Stories’ viewers had taken a screen grab. These users had a camera shutter icon next to their usernames. Creators were not issued any direct alert about the screen grab—the only indication for such an action was made clear through the camera shutter icon when the viewing list was opened.
PSA: How you get notified on Instagram when someone took a screenshot of your Stories pic.twitter.com/Iua2QeyskF— April 🍑 (@readbyher) February 11, 2018
Instagram confirmed the test in a statement to TechCrunch, explaining, “[W]e 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.”
Prior to this trial, only screenshots of direct messages within the app were notified to the sender. Instagram might be concerned with the impact this pending feature could have on ‘Stories’ viewership and usage. At present, viewers can also re-watch ‘Stories’ as many times as they want over the uploads’ existing 24-hour period.
[via TechCrunch, main image via PixieMe / Shutterstock.com]
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