Instagram might start snitching when you screencap a story

The app is already showing certain users who’s recording their public Instagram Stories.

February 12, 2018
Instagram might start snitching when you screencap a story The Instagram logo on iPhones. August 3, 2016.   Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

Instagram users who screencap, beware: on Monday, the social media platform confirmed that it has started notifying select users when their public Instagram Stories posts are screencapped or recorded, and which follower did it.

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The new Snapchat-esque feature is still in its trial stage, reports The Verge, to test public response. For now, some users are receiving a warning when they capture a Story: “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see it.”

These selected users can check who's lurking by tapping the "Seen By" icon at the bottom of the Stories display. A shutter-style icon next to a username means that account took a picture or screen recording of your story.

Instagram is not sending push notifications to mobile users when a story is saved. As The Verge points out, all Instagram users can already see when DM'd photos and videos are saved by the receiving user.

In January, Instagram announced the "Activity Status" feature, which reveals when a user was last online.

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