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Instagram tests screenshot alerts for Stories

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, February 14, 2018 | 09:09 pm
Instagram tests screenshot alerts for Stories

Users who screenshot Instagram Stories will come across pop-up warnings stating that the person who posted the story will be able to see it. (Shutterstock/File)

Instagram is testing a feature that will let users know when someone else takes a screenshot of their Stories.

Instagram Stories are sequences of photos and videos that expire after a day.

Users who take screenshots will come across pop-up warnings stating, “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see it.” Users involved in the test can check to see if someone has taken a screenshot through a circular shutter logo that will appear next to the person's name in the Stories list of viewers. However, they won’t receive any specific notifications when someone takes a screenshot.

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Instagram acknowledged the new feature was being tested in an interview with TechCrunch, saying that they were always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram. The app already identifies users that take a screenshot of a photo or video in direct messages.

The new feature is similar to what Snapchat has done, adding to the long list of features Instagram has "mirrored", most notably Stories and filters in Stories. The Verge has noted that some users switched from Snapchat to Instagram because they wanted to get away from screenshot alerts.

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Instagram is conducting the initial test to determine whether to roll out the feature. (wen/kes)