Instagram is testing a feature that will show users when someone else takes a screenshot of their story
Instagram is testing a feature that will show users when someone else takes a screenshot of their story according to TechCrunch reports. Users included in the test are getting a warning that the next time they take a screenshot of a friend’s story the friend will be able to see it, as shown below:
according to some media reports, The Facebook-owned company could soon allow people to post text-only Stories, with the ‘Text’ option now popping up for users in Europe. The report claims that Instagram started testing the text-only feature in Japan in December.Separately, Instagram is testing a new security feature that could notify users when someone takes a screenshot of their Stories.
And users who are participating in the test can see who took a screenshot of their story by going to the list of story viewers and seeing a new camera shutter logo next to anyone who took a screenshot of their photo. To be clear, creators won’t get a specific notification when someone takes a screenshot of their story, it will only show up in their list of story viewers.
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in a report “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.”Instagram isn’t doing this totally on the sly, however. The first time a user attempts to take a screenshot of a story they will see a prompt that says the next time they screenshot a story the creator will be able to see. In other words: You’ve been warned.
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. For example, there’s a chance that some users may end up watching less stories over time if they aren’t able to take screenshots without notifying the creator.
Prior to this test the only screenshot notifications on Instagram were when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message. Anyone could take a screenshot of someone’s photo or story without notifying the creator. Notably, users can rewatch stories as many times as they want within 24 hours, with the creator unable to see exactly how many times one person watched it.
If rolled out, this feature would essentially align Instagram with Snapchat in terms of how the platform deals with screenshots. Any screenshot of a direct message triggers a notification to the sender, but a screenshot of a story will just result in a notation being placed next to the offender’s name in the viewer analytics tab.