Instagram to hide ‘likes’ starting this week

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This July 10, 2019, photo shows an Associated Press reporter holding a phone showing the Instagram app icon in San Francisco. Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive on its photo-sharing app as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(CNN, WIAT) — Posting on Instagram can come with a rush of validation when “likes” from friends and strangers come pouring in, but they’ll soon be hidden from many users.

In an attempt to reduce competitive pressure on the platform, Instagram will hide “likes” for some U.S. users starting this week. Instagram has already tested the concept in several other countries.

“Likes,” or how many hearts a post gets, will disappear from Instagram’s feed and user profile pages. A user can still see how many hearts they’ve received, but their followers won’t know the count.

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri says the move is to depressurize the social media platform. He says he wants to make Instagram less of a competition, particularly for younger users.

Some users believe that this change will be great in the long run.

There are some influencers, however, that are opposed to the change.

Rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted last week that she will no longer be using the platform because of the change. Minaj believes it will hurt independent artists who try to use social media as a way to see how many people like their music.

Cardi B shared a video on Instagram TV voicing her opinions on the removal of “likes,” saying that Instagram should remove comments instead. The rapper believes that Instagram started to get “a little nasty” once users were allowed to “like” comments or to reply back to somebody’s comments.”

“If anything is affecting Instagram right now, I really feel it’s the way that the comments have been done or have been changing these past few years. I feel like people have been…starting the craziest arguments, been starting to race-bait all because of comments because they want to get to the top. They want to get the most reactions,” Cardi B said in her Instagram TV video.

What do you think about Instagram hiding “likes” from followers? Will this be a step towards a healthier experience for users, or will this cause a massive drop-off for the platform? Let us know by tweeting @WSAV.


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