By Damilola Faustino
Stalkers no longer have Instagram as a safe haven.
Instagram is currently testing a feature that identifies users who take screenshots of Stories. This new feature is the latest to be copied from Snapchat. However, it hasn’t been turned on for all users in order for Instagram to first gauge response.
The Stories feature tells you who has watched your story when you tap on the “seen by” area in the bottom left corner. With this new feature, a circle shutter icon will display next to the name of the account that has screen grabbed your content. Story owners otherwise won’t be alerted when someone takes a screenshot — they can only tell after manually checking the “seen by” list.
Prior to this test, the only screenshot notifications on Instagram were when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message. Anyone could take a screenshot of someone’s photo or story without notifying the creator. Notably, users can rewatch stories as many times as they want within 24 hours, with the creator unable to see exactly how many times one person watched it.
Instagram acknowledged the test and said it is always working on ways to improve the platform.
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