Instagram users will now know when someone takes a screenshot of their Stories
Facebook-owned Instagram copied Snapchat and introduced Instagram Stories back in August 2016. Since then, Instagram Stories has become very popular amongst its users, and, it has been used by millions of people daily. More than even the total number of users that Snapchat has (ah, the irony). Well, Instagram has rolled out quite a few features inside Stories over the years, with the most recent ones being GIF Stickers, Type Mode, and, resharing. And now, the company is rolling out a feature which will notify users when someone takes a screenshot of their Stories.
Instagram is now notifying users when somebody takes a screenshot of their stories…..
….well it's over for us bitches ? pic.twitter.com/KTOf1E3Qrn
— bulldog (@gabrielmonstere) February 8, 2018
Yes, you read that right fellas. Until now, taking a screenshot of a Story or screen recording it was quite easy as the person (or brand) who posted that Story you were saving on your smartphone wasn’t aware of your “good deeds” (that was sarcasm by the way, we didn’t mean it). This made stalking a lot easier for many. However, all this is over, as the person who posted the Story you are screen recording or taking a screenshot of will now know your shenanigans.
Whenever you take a screenshot of a Story or screen record it for the first time, Instagram will warn you by displaying a pop-up message that reads “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see“. The second time you take a screenshot or record screen, there won’t be any warning message and the person who posted the Story will be notified.
The person who posted the Story will see a Sun like symbol right next to the person’s name who took a screenshot or screen recorded the Story. This will be visible in the Story Views section.
Having said that, we really appreciate Instagram for rolling out something like this as it should help curb the menace of stalking on this platform. However, this measure isn’t foolproof, as there still are ways through which people can save Instagram Stories on their device without letting the person who posted the Story know about it.
This new feature is rolling out slowly to all the users. We at MobiGyaan haven’t received it yet, but it should reach all the users in a week or two.
What are your thoughts on Instagram notifying users about someone taking a screenshot of their Stories? Sound off in the comments down below.