Creepy stalkers on Instagram will soon no longer have any cover when they take screenshots of people's Stories. The app is apparently testing a new feature that allows the user to view whoever took a screenshot of their content.
Users participating in the test can see the people who have taken a screenshot of their stories by going to the list of story viewers and looking for a new shutter-ish logo next to a person's name, which signifies that they indeed took a screenshot.
Instagram Stories Screenshots
That doesn't mean, however, that users will actually be notified if someone takes a screenshot of their content, they can only find that out by going directly to their list of story viewers. So, if they don't bother checking this tab, they won't see their potential stalkers.
You can see how that works below:
PSA: How you get notified on Instagram when someone took a screenshot of your Stories pic.twitter.com/Iua2QeyskF — April (@readbyher) February 11, 2018
Instagram has confirmed that it is, in fact, testing a new feature, providing a generic boilerplate statement:
"[W]e 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."
It's easy to imagine that Instagram is testing whether this new feature would impact how often users share Stories on the platform and decide to roll it out widely if it finds no noticeable drawbacks and diminished user engagement. That's because there's a chance some accounts could lessen their use of the app if they find out that they can't screenshot posts under the radar. Before, there was no way of knowing which accounts took screenshots of one's post or Story.
How To Take Screenshots And Not Get Detected
But there's actually a workaround, as shared by The Next Web. There are still ways to take screenshots without getting detected. Twitter users claim that putting the phone to flight mode won't trigger Instagram's warnings. Another workaround is for users to download Stories directly from the web version of Instagram. If all else fails, there's always a last resort: use an app called Story Reposter to get a hold of Instagram Stories and even share them to other social networks.
Presently, there's another sort of thing Instagram might think about adding, and that's the number of a times a user has rewatched a story. Anyone can watch a particular content over and over within 24 hours, and the creator would have no way of knowing.
Thoughts about the new feature? Do you take a lot of screenshots on Instagram? As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!