At the beginning of 2018, Instagram tested a feature that made many users uncomfortable. If someone took screenshots of stories, the people who posted these stories received a notification. This was a great way to spot stalkers, but also raised many controversies. Now, Instagram reportedly decided to abandon the tests, leaving stalkers to lurk in peace.
Instagram revealed who took screenshots of stories
Instagram stole many headlines in February 2018, when it started testing a really uncomfortable feature. This feature made it harder for people to take screenshots of stories, as it revealed their activity. Whenever this happened, the story owner received an alert. This alert notified them someone took a screenshot of their content, and also included the name of the person.
When developing the feature, Instagram took inspiration from Snapchat. On this platform, users always receive notifications if someone is taking screenshots of their content. Therefore, the image sharing service wanted to make the app a safe place for everyone and help them avoid possible stalkers.
The feature is no longer active on Instagram
However, Instagram only ran a test with this feature. Only a small number of users knew when someone took screenshots of their stories. Also, there was no way to know who had the feature and who didn’t. The platform didn’t hide it, so users started panicking they might be exposed without their knowledge.
Now, Instagram decided to abandon this inquisitive feature, so you can take screenshots of stories anytime. However, if there’s a temporary photo in a direct message and you take a screencap, the other person will know. Fortunately, there’s also a way to get away with it.
Before taking the screenshot in question, you should turn the airplane mode off. This way, the app won’t be able to detect the action, since the device will be temporarily disconnected from the internet. Instagram might try to get rid of stalkers, but they always find methods to escape.
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