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Back in June last year, it came to light that Instagram has stopped notifying users about their Stories being screenshotted.

While you can still screenshot Instagram stories of others without them being notified, there’s a new screenshot-related change that has been introduced by the company: Instagram has started notifying people when someone screenshots their pics in a private message or DM.


The change came as part of an update that was pushed out in the last week of December 2018, immediately after the ‘horizontal feed’ update that freaked out users before being rolled back.

So now, when you send a screenshot of someone’s photo, you’ll see a little windmill icon which indicates that person has received a notification regarding this. Here’s an example (via TheTab):


The notification sent to the person says “Screenshot”, and is available in their inbox. Here’s an example (via Narcity):


I’d like to re-iterate, Instagram still doesn’t send any notification for Story screenhots, but god knows now how long will it be that way. As Jonny Long of The Tab puts it:

Forget Trump, Brexit, climate change, this Instagram change poses the biggest threat to life on Earth as we know it

Let us know your thoughts on this change in the comments section below.

Update (January 14)

Instagram is going after fan accounts, and has already deleted one of PewDiePie’s biggest fan account (with over 100k followers). Details here.

Update (January 15)

As you might already know, a picture of an egg recently became the most like photo on Instagram. It does look like that Instagram egg has inspired a Twitter egg, which now wants to become the most retweeted tweet on Twitter. Check out details here.

Update (March 12)

We have published a new story wherein we offer details on when Instagram notifies the owner of the photograph that some has taken a screenshot, and more importantly, how this restriction can be bypassed. Check it out by heading here.

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