Instagram is a leading platform for visual storytelling and connecting with others. Instagram stories have taken center stage as an engaging way to share moments with friends, followers, and the wider Instagram community. Instagram stories let users share photos, videos, and snippets of their daily lives in a temporary format that disappears after 24 hours. It gained immense popularity due to its ability to capture moments spontaneously.
Instagram stories allow users to share content that disappears after 24 hours. However, as users embrace this feature, concerns about privacy and visibility have also been raised. But what about the privacy implications of sharing personal moments? Can others see your stories, and if so, who has access to them?
Today’s blog will discuss if someone can see when you send their story to someone else.
Can Someone See If You Send Their Instagram Story?
First things first, let us answer the question that brought you here: can someone find out that you’ve sent their Instagram story to someone? The simple answer is no; they technically can’t.
You see, Snapchat has two privacy settings: public and private accounts. While your story can be shared with anyone on Instagram with a public account, a private account ensures that only your followers can see your story.
Don’t worry; we understand that you must be feeling confused at the time, but we’re here to help you. Read on until this blog’s end to learn all about it.
How do Instagram stories work?
Stories are a part of almost every social media platform, from Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and more. So, how do stories on Instagram work?
When you post a story, it’ll appear at the top of your followers’ feeds for the next 24 hours. Users can view your it by tapping on it and interacting with it through various actions like reacting with emojis or sending direct messages (DMs).
Generally, stories are used to share spontaneous life updates, which are important but not enough to deserve a place on your Instagram profile grid. They could be anything from pictures of your gym or Starbucks order to a random flower you liked or funny memes.
However, what if you like one of your stories? Sure, they still aren’t good enough for the grid, but they don’t deserve to disappear after 24 hours, too.
For such cases, you can employ the service of the Highlights feature, which allows you to create and display albums of stories on your profile. You can group highlights according to time, event, place, or in any random order.
By default, Instagram doesn’t notify users when someone shares their story. Therefore, if you share someone’s story, they won’t receive direct notification about it. However, there are ways in which the person who posted the story might become aware of its sharing.
When you send someone’s story to another user, it appears as a private message in the recipient’s inbox. The recipient can view the shared story, and the original poster will see that. However, they won’t receive a notification specifying their story was sent to someone else.
Simply put, unless the recipient explicitly informs the original poster that their story has been shared, the original poster won’t know about it.
Instagram’s privacy settings
To better understand the visibility of sending someone’s Instagram story to someone else, let’s explore Instagram’s privacy settings. Instagram offers privacy options allowing users to control who sees their stories, send them DMs, and share their content.
Public account: A public account makes their stories visible to anyone who follows them or visits their profile. The original poster won’t receive a direct notification when you send a public account’s story to someone else. However, they could notice increased story views or engagement should the recipient interact with the shared story.
Private account: By default, only approved followers can view the stories on a private profile. The rest is the same; if you send their story to another of their followers, they won’t find out about it. The only difference is you can’t share their story with the original poster’s non-followers.
Respecting privacy and consent
Respecting others’ privacy and obtaining consent is crucial when sharing someone’s Instagram story with another user.