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Instagram notifies users if you take a screenshot of their photos.

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The hype is real!

‘Insta-thefts’ are pretty much in vain due to a recent alert that social media giant Instagram decided to send to anyone whose photo gets screenshot, Although the news is somewhat misleading because here’s the rub, the photography platform will indeed alert users when someone has taken a screenshot but only when the photo or video is part of an Instagram story.

So if you’re deep into someone’s grid stalking and A WILD PHOTO APPEARS, You could actually get away taking a screenshot to show your friends.

Here’s an example:

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So yeah. The move ended up causing a bit of a stir when it was first revealed. A number of grief-stricken social media geeks were under the impression that Instagram would tell you when someone took a screenshot of your public content, as reports Business Insider. The error seems to be Instagram’s fault, as its notification doesn’t clarify what was targeted in the screenshot. However, that’s not the case. The notification only applies to the disappearing content you send via Instagram Direct. Now that that’s cleared up, you can go back to goofing around on Instagram, and also safely take screenshots of public images — it’s OK, everyone does it.

Snapchat also sends screenshot notifications. Both platforms don’t want you capturing what are supposed to be ‘ephemeral’ moments. Now just resist the urge to double tap on an ancient photo your secret internet obsession posted, and you’re good to go.

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