It seems that Instagram is intent on squashing Snapchat with every feature they release.
When Instagram first rolled out ‘Stories’ the initial thought was ‘why should I use this when I’ve already got Snapchat?’ but it didn’t take long at all for daily interaction on Instagram Stories to surpass Snapchat‘s user numbers.
As of June, there were 400 million daily users on Instagram Stories compared to only 191 million daily Snapchat users.
Instagram also rolled out GIFs, emojis, and filters. All features that were central to Snapchat’s product.
Now it appears as if Instagram’s rolling out another one of Snapchat’s features: notifications when you screenshot somebody’s story.
This was always a huge feature on Snapchat for many reasons. With the direct messages disappearing shortly after opening, someone could screenshot it to save. Snapchat would send a notification to that user. In theory, this would prevent people from saving Snapchat messages that the original sender didn’t want to remain permanent (*cough* nudes *cough*).
According to these tweets, Instagram users have already been receiving notifications that people are screenshotting their Stories:
Soon, Instagram will alert users when someone takes a screenshot of their story according to a report by the Daily Dot. They say you can already see if someone screenshots your Story by following these steps:
If you want to see who screenshots your Instagram story, visit the Stories main page—where you can see a list of public posts—and look for the pinwheel-shaped camera shutter icon next to the name of an account. This appears to be the only way to determine who is capturing your public photos and videos. You won’t receive a notification or direct message—you’ll have to check it manually every time. Of course, the best way to prevent people from snatching your content is to stop posting anything you don’t want them to see. (via)
TechCrunch reached out to Instagram for a comment on this and they received this vague response back: “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.” So they didn’t really confirm if this will be rolled out to all users or if it’s something they’re testing for a specific subset of users.
I don’t know why people feel the need to creep so hard and screenshot someone’s story when you can just as easily text that person ‘go look at XYZ’s story’ if you want someone to see it but this is apparently a very real concern for the creepers of the ‘gram.
As pointed out on the Daily Dot, regardless of taking screenshots it’s still INSANELY EASY to save someone’s Instagram story by using a feature on your iPhone’s home screen. So while this feature will out a few creepers it still won’t stop people from creepin’ hard.