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Instagram’s small new update brings a big new change to the Stories feature

*Cough* Just like Snapchat *cough*

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Well, it has now been said a number of times than necessary. There is game of chess going on between Instagram and Snapchat since a year, and both the players are known for copying each other’s move. And the latest move by Instagram also seems to reminisce about a move Snapchat played a while ago. In a small new update, Instagram has added a new way for users to share Stories, and guess what, you can DM them.

Starting today, Instagram users can share stories with their friends via Direct Message. These can be stories you surf on explore or even your friend’s story, you can share it with your friends, exactly how you share a post from your News Feed. With the update, users will now see a Direct icon in the bottom right corner, tapping on which they can select a friend or group to share it with.

When someone shares a story with you, you will see it in your Direct inbox. When the original story disappears from the app, it will no longer be available in your message thread. ALSO READ: Instagram reportedly testing feature that can post Stories directly on Facebook

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However, this, of course, raises concerns of security. To be honest, I wouldn’t want someone not on my list of friends to view my Stories. And to cope with that, Instagram is also givings its users an option to turn off the ability for others to share your story in Direct. You can always disable the option in your stories settings. ALSO READ: Instagram Stories: 6 ways it’s winning the race against Snapchat

Also, if you have a private account, only your followers can view your story in Direct, which means, if one of your followers sends your Story to someone who is not in your list, that person will not be able to view your post. It is similar to how you can’t view regular posts of people you don’t follow. ALSO READ: Here’s why Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram have all turned into each other’s clones

Further, the reason we drew a comparison between Instagram’s new feature with Snapchat, is because Snapchat rolled out a similar feature earlier this year. Similar to Instagram, the Snapchat feature allows users to share stories in private messages with their friends, however, the third party can view them only if they are on their friend list. ALSO READ: Instagram Stories is now available on mobile browsers, coming soon to desktop