Instagram, Changing the way people react to stories. The Meta-owned photo-sharing platform has introduced a new private story like feature that will allow users to like Instagram Stories without sending a direct message or DM. Earlier, whenever a user reacted to Stories, it was sent as a DM. Users also have the option to share stories. However, the latest update will show a heart next to people’s handles in your Stories view sheet. This means that users will no longer have a count of the number of reactions to stories.
Announcing the update, Adam Mosseri, Instagram head, said, “You can now send some love by liking people’s stories without sending a DM. Likes on Stories are private and do not count. Rather, they appear as hearts next to people’s handles on your Stories view sheet.’
Mosseri said in the video posted from his Instagram handle, ‘When you tap on the like button, the reaction will not be sent as a DM. Private story count will not be displayed. The like will not appear in the DM thread, but in the viewer sheet.
App will be like this after update
As you go through stories, send a message and between that little paper airplane, there’s a heart icon, and if you tap on it, it’ll send a like to the owner of that story, and That like will appear in the viewer sheet, not your DM thread.
Therefore, users will no longer see the public count. If you look at the view sheet of the story, then users will only get to see who has liked their stories.