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Instagram are testing out Snapchat-style screenshot notifications

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Troy Mann | 12 February, 2018, 15:34

Instagram is reportedly working on a new feature that will warn you if someone takes a screenshot of your story.

Instagram has now added the functionality to the ephemeral part of its own social network, Stories.

If your smartphone is set to Aeroplane Mode when you take the screenshot, you'll be able to bypass the warning.

While Instagram Stories are meant to last 24 hours, taking a screenshot means that it will pretty much last forever, which sometimes isn't what other people want and they will now know when you do it.

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Yes, it appears that Instagram users have begun receiving notifications that the app is implenting new security measures, namely the fact that any screenshot taken of a user's "story" will send a notification to that user, alerting them to your action. 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.

The company is performing this new test that's more likely meant to check if the new feature has any perceptible effects on user engagement, before resolving whether or not Instagram will be rolling out it to all the users.

Earlier to this, the only screenshot notification on Instagram was when someone used to take a screenshot of the private direct message. Anyone could take a screenshot of someone's photo or story without notifying the creator. This new feature - the latest to be lifted from Snapchat - hasn't been turned on for all users in order for Instagram to first gauge response. Like there is a chance that people might stop watching stories in greater number as they would not be able to take screenshots anonymously.

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