Instagram has now added the functionality to the ephemeral part of its own social network, Stories.
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.
Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories.
The users who are the participants of the test phase could see who took a screenshot of their story by going to the list of story viewers and seeing a new camera shutter icon next to the name of any friend who took a screenshot of their photo.
If this feature is launched, then it would align Instagram with Snapchat in terms of how both platforms deal with screenshots.
If you haven't been warned about screenshots in the app, it might not have dropped for you just yet.
While this feature seems to be helfpul for the creator to keep track of who snapped their story's screenshot, those who take the screenshots might likely have an escape route.
Instagram has acknowleged the testing of this new feature and told TechCrunch,"We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you". This will help identify the one who published a story to correctly identify the person who took a screenshot.
Of course, Instagram have previously notified users if anyone takes a screenshot of a direct message, so that is highly unlikely to change regardless of the response to this new test.
Instagram is also pre-emptively warning users that their screenshotting habits are no longer private.