Instagram testing screenshot warnings in Stories


Whenever users take a screenshot while watching a Story, Instagram will snitch on you by placing a shutter-shaped icon next to your handle.

Instagram is a social media platform that has become massively popular in the recent times for sharing photos and videos from the personal life, as well as some of the professional level images, are also uploaded there. Instagram is testing the Screenshot Alert for stories.

Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories.

If you haven't been warned about screenshots in the app, it might not have dropped for you just yet. Anybody could take the screenshot of someone's photo or story without notifying the creator of the post or story.

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Yes, it appears that Instagram users have begun receiving notifications that the app is implenting new security measures, namely the fact that any screenshot taken of a user's "story" will send a notification to that user, alerting them to your action.

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". 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.

Notably, Instagram introduced a similar screenshot feature back in 2016 that provided notification when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message. As seen from the image attached above, the users will get notified by a loading image next to the person who has taken a screenshot.

According to the report, Instagram is likely to roll out the feature if there is not a major impact on engagement.