Instagram might tell you when somebody’s screen recorded your story

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Did you really think Instagram was going to stop copying Snapchat features in 2018? 

Now, Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature — one that Snapchat already has — that notifies users when someone’s taken a screenshot or screen recording of your stories.

Tech news site WABetaInfo claims that Instagram is testing the feature, but only internally. The website previously reported on Instagram testing a new word-focused tool called “Text” that can be used in the app’s stories feature. 

According to WABetaInfo, users will see a special icon next to a person’s name if they take a screenshot or recording of your story.

What the screenshot icon looks like when someone's screenshotted or screen recorded your story clip.

What the screenshot icon looks like when someone’s screenshotted or screen recorded your story clip.

Sure, it rips off Snapchat’s exact same feature entirely, but at least it’ll help you figure out who’s stalking you and being creepy about it. At the very least, it’ll inform you who to block or report.

Mashable reached out to Instagram for comment, and a company spokesperson told us it had “nothing to share right now.”

Seeing as people are actually okay with the feature on Snapchat, there’s a good chance that Instagram will ultimately roll out the feature. Giving users tools to help identify who’s harassing or potentially preying on them is the step in the right direction to curb creepy social media activity. Users have a right to feel safe when they post to the platform.

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