Here's how to tell if someone is screenshotting your Instagram story
Here's a modern-day horror story for you: you're scrolling through your crush's Instagram account, and spot that they've added something new to their "story". The joy! You now have the opportunity to stalk them in real time, and discover that they have a penchant for visiting jazz bars on Monday evenings, and that their beverage of choice is a gin and tonic. I mean, it really is the all-important information you need to arm yourself with should you secure a date with the individual in question.
But then, as some boys and girls like to do, you screenshot the information and send it to your BFF - because who else would inform you that your love interest's liquor of choice could indicate that he's a closeted sociopath? And only your best gal pal will advise you to rock up to that jazz joint, Monday after Monday, until you inevitably "bump into" them.
So you screenshot away, only to discover that the object of your affection has cottoned onto what you've been doing, as Instagram has been letting them know each and every time you've snapped their story. Now, that explains the weird glances you've been getting as you cross paths by the water cooler.
Yes, it's bad news for all of us who like to be creeps on social media, as Instagram is reportedly launching a feature that tells people if you screenshot their stories. Told you it was a horror story.
According to TechCrunch the feature is in the process of being rolled out, and those who have been selected for A/B testing have been getting notifications if they attempt to screenshot an Instagram story, warning them that the next time they do it their friend will able to see it.
Images uploaded onto Twitter by people in the testing group show the notification, which reads "Screenshots in Stories. Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see." Yes, it's certainly bad for those of us who enjoy a bit of gossip, with photographic evidence to boot.
Users who are part of the A/B testing can currently see who took a screenshot of their story by going to the list of their story viewers. If anyone has indeed taken a screenshot, a camera shutter logo will appear beside their name. Guilty as charged.
In a statement to TechCrunch, a spokesperson from Instagram HQ asserted, "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."
However, there is hope. According to some sources on social media, if you put your phone on airplane mode before committing the deed, you can safely screenshot away with the person in question being none the wiser. Otherwise, there are a plethora of apps that you can download to aid your stalker-ish ways.
This new feature is, of course, similar to the way that rival platform Snapchat functions. The app gives users a notification every time someone screenshots their snaps. In this instance, though, Instagrammers won't be directly informed, they'll have to manually check the analytics tab to see if the "shutter" icon pops up next to anyone who has viewed their story.
Scary stuff, eh?