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Instagram will Now Notify your Friends when You take Screenshot of their Direct Messages

To use the new feature, a user can swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately

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Nov 26, 2016: With the roll-out of a new update, Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram will now notify your friends when you take a screenshot of their Direct Messages (DM) – just like its rival Snapchat, a media report said.

However, the notifications are only for the new disappearing message feature, Mashable reported.

To use the new feature, a user can swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately.

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A user can choose a group or create one in just a few taps – and can also send to individual friends at the same time.

According to Instagram’s statement, “Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them. And you will see if they replayed it or took a screenshot.”

Also, you can take a screenshot of your feed and Instagram will pop a new window down saying, “You can share this post with your friends” – offering a user a few ways to officially share the image if you tap the button. (IANS)

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Instagram testing ‘Nametag,’ similar to Snapchat’s ‘Snapcode’

Meanwhile, there was no word on when Instagram will roll out the "Nametag" feature globally, the report said

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Instagram will soon roll out 'Nametag' feature. VOA

 Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature dubbed as “Nametags” — a clone of Snapchat’s ‘Snapcode’ which will let users create a “custom scannable tag” by designing a pattern of emojis.

The feature will also offer an option to use a selfie image for creating a custom Instagram “Nametag”, Inverse reported late on Tuesday.

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The feature is similar to Snapchat’s Snapcode. Wikimedia Commons

Snapchat launched “Snapcode” in January 2015 that allowed users to add friends using their phone cameras.

Instagram has been in the news for cloning Snapchat’s features for long. “Instagram is simply building upon a technology that Snapchat created,” Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder, Instagram had said in a recent interview with Wall Street Journal.

Instagram recently introduced a “@mention” sticker for iOS users.

“After you’ve taken a photo or video in your stories camera, open the stickers tray, tap the @mention sticker, start typing the name of the account you want to mention and select from the options that appear,” the company’s blog informed.. “You can then rotate, scale and place your sticker wherever you’d like.”

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Meanwhile, there was no word on when Instagram will roll out the “Nametag” feature globally, the report said. IANS

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