Instagram is Testing Screenshot Alert Feature for Stories

12 February, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Instagram will Now Notify Screenshot Alerts

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

If you haven't been warned about screenshots in the app, it might not have dropped for you just yet. While the Story making user won't be notified explicitly about who took the screenshot, they will be able to find the ones who did in the list of Story viewers.

The feature will show creators a notification when a follower takes a screenshot of their story, reports TechCrunch.

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. This will help identify the one who published a story to correctly identify the person who took a screenshot.

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Most probably Instagram is testing this feature to see if it has any prominent impact on the user engagement, before finalizing the decision whether the company should roll out the feature for all users or not.

Of course, Instagram have previously notified users if anyone takes a screenshot of a direct message, so that is highly unlikely to change regardless of the response to this new test.

Earlier, the alerts for screenshots were provided when someone would take a screenshot of a private direct message. Most significantly story could be viewed as many times as possible within twenty-four hours, with the creator completely unaware that exactly how many times a single person viewed it. Apart from the normal users, Instagram is popular because of the fact that it has been used by popular celebrities worldwide as well which makes it a go-to platform in order to follow the celebrities and see the photos and videos from their life.


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