The group chat is buzzing about an Instagram account you all follow. Your friends are gabbing about the latest Story this person posted, but you’re don’t see them in the Stories tray, nor do you see that tell-tale sunset loop around their profile picture. Suspicious. Someone sends a screenshot of the photo. “2h” is stamped at the top of the multi-Storied screen. Surprise! You’ve been hidden from someone’s Instagram Stories.
If everyone else can see the Story, but you can’t, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been hidden. According to a spokesperson at Instagram there’s no official way to tell if someone hid their Stories from you, for privacy reasons. Plus, there’s always the possibility of a glitch, or that the story didn’t load for you. Short of confronting the person directly, you probably won’t be able to ascertain 100%, but here are a few workarounds to see if someone potentially hid you from their story.
Cross Reference With A Friend
If you know someone who follows also the account in question, ask them to let you know when they post a Story. Once you’ve been alerted that they have an active Story, head to their page and see if there is a sunset-colored ring around their profile picture. If they don’t appear to have a live Story, and you don’t see them in your Stories tray automatically, chances are they’ve blocked you from being able to view them, or at least that one story.
Enlist A Third Party
To find out if it’s personal, or if the poster was only sharing Stories with Close Friends, use a third-party application to do some sleuthing. Sites like Insta-Stories will pull up a non-Close Friends Story from a public account without asking you to log on.
Instagram allows users to hide Stories from individuals on an on-going basis, or for a single Story. While you might have had one Story hidden from you — say, your direct report at work hiding the fact that she was *not* in fact sick yesterday — the poster might not have intentions of completely cutting ties with you. If you ever notice them in your Stories tray, you’re not completely in the dark.