Instagram is set to take (another) page out of Snapchat’s book, but surprisingly, it’s a feature that doesn’t already exist on Instagram. According to the Twitter user in the tweet below, moving forward Instagram will notify users that their stories have been screenshotted or screen-recorded by viewers. Previously, users would be able to screenshot stories without notifying the user who shared the story. The only time that a user would be notified of a screenshot is when somebody screenshots a DM conversation.
Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories. 💔 Thank you, Instagram for the warning. pic.twitter.com/y0pEaVR0Jq
— mulan (@__cajb) February 8, 2018
Users who are a part of the new trial can also see a new camera shutter icon when they click on the full list of story viewers. This new camera icon indicates that a viewer has previously taken a screenshot of the user’s story. Note that user’s won’t get notified that there are people screen-shotting their stories, but if they check out the full list of story viewers they’ll be able to see everybody who’s done so.
PSA: How you get notified on Instagram when someone took a screenshot of your Stories pic.twitter.com/Iua2QeyskF
— iz reading On the Edge of Scandal 🍑 (@readbyher) February 11, 2018
Per TechCrunch, Instagram has ackonwledged the changes, stating, “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.”
There are no comments just yet on whether this is a feature that will be permanently rolled out.