Stories is arguably the most popular feature on Instagram’s platform these days and given that posts only last for 24 hours, most of us have found ourselves saving a clip or two via screen shot.
That may soon come to an end as Instagram is testing a function that alerts a user whenever someone screen shots their post. A “shutter” logo will appear next to anyone who takes a screenshot, as seen in the Tweet below.
PSA: How you get notified on Instagram when someone took a screenshot of your Stories pic.twitter.com/Iua2QeyskF
— iz reading On the Edge of Scandal 🍑 (@readbyher) February 11, 2018
Some users have already begun to notice the change as Instagram randomly selects users for A/B testing.
According to TechCrunch, Instagram will consider implementing the alert for real if the test shows a significant impact on engagement. For instance, if people are watching fewer Stories due to the change, the feature probably won’t take effect anytime soon.
Either way, it’s probably a good idea to avoid taking any screenshots while tests are in place.
Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories. 💔 Thank you, Instagram for the warning. pic.twitter.com/y0pEaVR0Jq
— mulan (@__cajb) February 8, 2018