Instagram Enables Screenshot Alert to Align With Snapchat

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The feature, which will notify users whenever someone has screen-grabbed their "Stories", is yet to be enabled by Instagram and is still in development.

Instagram is reportedly working on a new feature that will warn you if someone takes a screenshot of your story.

Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories.

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. 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. Anybody could take the screenshot of someone's photo or story without notifying the creator of the post or story.

An Instagram spokesperson told Techcrunch that "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".

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Instagram is likely using this test to see if the feature has any noticeable impact on engagement, before deciding whether or not they'll roll it out to all users. Now, these Stories feature on Instagram is very popular and has been used by most of the Instagram users to post the quick photos or videos that can be viewed for a limited time.

Earlier, the alerts for screenshots were provided when someone would take a screenshot of a private direct message.

While Instagram Stories are meant to last 24 hours, taking a screenshot means that it will pretty much last forever, which sometimes isn't what other people want and they will now know when you do it.

Of course, as the years have gone by, both Snapchat and Instagram have appropriated the other's features, with Instagram adopting Snapchat's "stories" features a while back now Now, as Techchrunch reports, it seems that Instagram is jumping on the "screenshot notification" bandwagon too.