Whether making a point in an argument is a hilarious meme or a chat, taking screenshots on Instagram is what one would consider to be an essential activity. The ability to enjoy the screenshot feature of Instagram is, of course, set around the premise that you can do so anonymously. After all, what you screenshot (especially if those who are posts or stories are subject to said screenshot) is nobody’s business.
Privacy is double then, for both those who provide and those who consume. Instagram is very considerate indeed, right? So it’s no surprise when we see a tweet like this, it begins to feel like it’s all falling apart.
What will be the consequences of such an Instagram update?
If you’re an avid screenshot taker then this will mean a massive number of notifications of screenshots that might overwhelm you. Still, the situation for an influencer or an extremely popular page that has been the subject of millions of screenshots won’t be as bad in comparison. Just thinking about the notification barrage is enough to halt the process in its tracks.
On the brighter side, private users get a decent idea of if someone is stalking them. But, for those who might have checked out someone’s profile for harmless gossip, or literally just to check them out, this could also be backfire. There will be those secret crushes and obsessions out in the open for all to see.
Is the Instagram Screenshot update real?
There has been no official or even legitimate enough updates to bring any sort of real merit to this speculation. In fact, sources are debunking this spéculations like this.
But the true measure of legitimacy comes from the fact that there has been no recent official announcement regarding any Instagram updates. Nevertheless, there always tends to be an origin point, and maybe, in this case, it could be that Instagram was beta testing a screenshot feature.
When does Instagram notify about a Screenshot?
- Well, only when screenshot a DM (Direct message) on Instagram
It may be that a user has been spooked by receiving a notification for a screenshot taken on DM and this has led to the whole speculation about the screenshot rules of Instagram. Keep in mind that there is a very specific instance where Instagram notifies the content owner when such a screenshot is taken when sharing a missing photo or video via DM and the other party takes a screenshot.
Anything else, including posts, stories, videos or IGTV content among anything else that you can fathom is exempt from IGs policing that doesn’t come into the realm of IGs disappearing content.
Has there been speculation like this before?
A concerned Twitter thread similar to the one we witnessed above with a picture of the notification emerged back in 2018. Whether it was for a DM, and just how legitimate the claim was, was not discernible from the notification. However, this was the time when Instagram received major backlash for sending users notifications for taking screenshots so this claim has some merit.
…Finally, should you be worried about an Instagram screenshot update?
It’s safe to say this news was fake, and therefore, not a cause for concern. It doesn’t look as though Instagram will introduce any such updates in the future either. Sending screenshot notification for public content on IG in a kind of ironic way is an infringement of the privacy of screenshot taker. But more importantly, functioning freely on an app when you’re being surveyed to such an extent is a complete nightmare. It’s an almost meta-level voyeurism even on the part of Instagram and so it’s unlikely to ever be featured on your favorite social media app.
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