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Instagram is making it harder to creep on other users' Stories

Instagram made things a bit more difficult for those creeping on creators.

Published onFebruary 13, 2018

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  • Instagram confirmed a feature that informs creators when someone screen grabs their Stories.
  • The feature is currently in testing, though Instagram did not say when a wider roll out would happen.

Instagram is testing a feature that shows you which people take screenshots of your Stories. Instagram confirmed the feature with TechCrunch, though not everyone is thrilled with it.

Some people who were caught red-handed received pop-up warnings that state, “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see it.” The feature places a circular shutter icon next to the name of the account that took a screenshot or screen recording of your content.

Creators are not specifically notified when someone screen grabs their Stories. Rather, they must check the “seen by” list to see who saw their content and who did a bit more than just watch.

Not everyone is fond of the feature, which is also found in Snapchat:

Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories. ? Thank you, Instagram for the warning.
— mulan (@__cajb) February 8, 2018
instagram you piece of shit….
— juju (@caresajulian) February 8, 2018

Previously, screenshot notifications on Instagram only popped up when users screen grabbed a private direct message. You could screenshot or screen record someone else’s content, whether that be an image or Story, without the creator catching wind of it.

Instagram did not say when the feature will roll out to everyone.

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