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Does Facebook notify when someone screenshots?

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Facebook is one of the biggest and most popular social media platforms available, with millions of users from all around the world. However, it’s not the only one out there.

Several other competing platforms offer features that make them stand out from Facebook. In a world where every social media platform offers just about every feature users need, security and privacy features take the front row.

In this article, we’re looking at whether or not Facebook notifies someone when you take a screenshot of their profile.

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Does Facebook notify users of screenshots?

Most major social media platforms such as Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook do not notify users when a screenshot of their posts, stories or profiles is taken.

However, Facebook does provide a profile picture guard that doesn’t allow people to screenshot or download other people’s profile pictures. This, of course, is a user-enabled feature meaning it isn’t necessarily activated on every profile, but this gives the user a choice. 

Any other type of content on the platform, whether it’s a status update, a photo, video or story, however, can be screenshotted without letting the creator of the post know. While stories may disappear by default 24 hours after they’re posted, it’s relatively easy to take a screenshot and preserve it for as long as a person would like. 

This feature extends to Facebook’s messaging application, Messenger as well. You can take screenshots of chats or media sent in the chat without alerting the other person. Unlike Snapchat, where every screenshot is reported to the snap or story’s creator, you can get away with screenshots on Facebook rather easily. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: