There is a vicious new rumour circling the web. Allow us to set the scene. There you are mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. You hit upon your crush/enemy/friend’s mum doing looking effortlessly gorgeous/tragic/ hilarious and you decide to take a screenshot. Who cares if the photo was taken 35 weeks ago? It’s just a little harmless interest stalking – what’s the worst that could happen?
Well – and take a deep breath here – Instagram users can now see when their followers screenshot their disappearing photos. I repeat: THEY CAN NOW SEE WHEN YOU SCREENSHOT THEIR DISAPPEARING PHOTOS.
But before you start throwing your pricey iPhones out the window in sheer panic – let’s break this down.
Instagram did start letting users know if people screenshot their Snapchat-style direct messages – those photo and video messages that vanish after you’ve seen them. But the app won’t send notifications if you just screenshot a normal photo. In other words, so long as you don’t screenshot a message sent to you privately YOU ARE SAFE.
Nevertheless people of the internet Are. Freaking. Out. Which really is so unlike them. Twitter is usually such a calm place…
"now instagram sends you a notification when someone screenshots your photos." pic.twitter.com/mZZV2VznNC
— amber. (@DAMNBlEBERS) November 26, 2016
Instagram has been sending notifications to people when you screenshot their pictures… pic.twitter.com/98Ne7BoHWG
— Emma Tribble (@EmmaTribble) November 25, 2016
— Travis (@travlim) November 24, 2016
I just took a screenshot of someone's 38 week old Instagram and now they're gonna get a notification sendhelp pic.twitter.com/8gzHbsu7mP
— David (@WrittenByDavid) November 25, 2016
So just to clarify once and for all. No, Instagram hasn’t started sending people notifications when you screenshot their public photos. Please continue to web-stalk responsibly.