Bye Bye Stalkers! – Instagram Introduces Screenshot Alerts

Bye Bye Stalkers! – Instagram Introduces Screenshot Alerts

Whenever Instagram introduces a new feature, the community and all the Internet tend to get crazy. Since not so long ago, Instagram has been staying ahead of every other app – it has even made other apps obsolete (we’re thinking of Snapchat, for instance, to which they opposed Instagram Stories). Not only new specific-action features, but also new ways of improving the users’ experience have been introduced.  Live video broadcasting, the ability to send images and videos on DMs, self-deleting messages… Now, the latest update Instagram has set is screenshot alerts.

Who hasn’t innocently screenshot a picture of their friends, their favorite celebrity or their crush? Everyone has done that at least once, we believe. And when one of the most important social networks out there is almost exclusively based on image, it’s more likely to happen than you’d think. From now on, however, what was a private action will become more public, as the person who originally posted the pic will get a notification saying User X took a screenshot.

Is Instagram going to tell everyone whom you screenshot?
Is Instagram going to tell everyone whom you screenshot?

It will not only be sent if a private picture is screenshot, not if you take a screenshot of a publicly posted photo – at least for the time being. Thus, user privacy will remain intact regarding that. Maybe they haven’t done it so inclusive in case some celebrities get a ton of screenshot alerts in a matter of minutes.

Many see this as another step in the Snapchat-ification of Instagram, which started featuring characteristics unique to that app when it introduced Stories. For the moment, Instagram will be Instagram, and its users’ privacy will not be at stake.

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