Users involved in the test are receiving a warning that the next time they take a screenshot of a friend’s story the friend will be able to view it. And users who are engaging in the test can see who took a screenshot of their account by going to the list of account viewers and seeing a new camera cover logo next to anyone who took a screenshot of their photo. To be clear, authors won’t get a specific information when someone takes a screenshot of their story, it will only display up in their list of story viewers.
In a statement given to News Instagram admitted the test, saying “we are always examining ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it simpler to share any moment with the people who matter to you.”
Instagram is likely practicing this test to see if the point has any noticeable impact on business, before deciding whether or not they’ll roll it out to all users. For instance, there’s a possibility that some users may end up seeing fewer stories over time if they aren’t able to take screenshots externally notifying the creator.
Prior to this test, the only screenshot information on Instagram was when someone took a screenshot of a single direct message. Anyone could take a screenshot of someone’s photo or story without telling the creator. Notably, users can rewatch stories as many opportunities as they want within 24 hours, with the producer unable to see exactly how many times one person watched it.
If rolled out, this feature would actually align Instagram with Snapchat in terms of how the platform deals with screenshots. Any screenshot of a direct message triggers a warning to the sender.
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