Instagram has long been in the business of aping Snapchat, but usually that means giving users things they actually want. A new test, reported by TechCrunch, shows that the platform has been playing with a screenshot-alert feature in Instagram Stories. Who wants this, you ask? Well, probably nobody.
Unlike Snapchat, which notifies a user whenever somebody takes a screenshot of their story, the beauty of Instagram is that it lets you creep in peace. You can watch a Story as many times as you want and the user won’t know. You can screenshot pictures of things you like, dislike, want to buy, or want to show your friends and mock, and the user has no idea. An alert feature would take away that last bit. “We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you,” an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch. Instagram, if you’re reading this, it matters to me that I continue to be able to screenshot in silence. Thank you in advance.