Instagram has removed likes and people are ‘furious’ as it will ‘ruin lives’
Cheating boyfriends are going to be able to run wild!!
Instagram is hiding the number of likes on people’s posts as part of a global trial. The trial sees Instagram likes being shown as “and others” instead of the previous numerical value.
The people who have been selected for the trial are randomly chosen accounts and Instagram has not yet confirmed how long the test will last. You will still be able to see the number of likes on your own posts, just not an exact figure on anyone else’s.
Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, tweeted saying: “Today a small portion of people on Instagram worldwide will no longer be able to see the number of likes other people’s photos get. Our hope is to better understand how this idea changes how people feel about using our platform, particularly young people.”
Some people are pretty angry about Instagram likes being removed
Where tf are my instagram likes at ??? pic.twitter.com/Jmrc8Wx6pa
— perpetual ᴸⁱᵐᵇᵒ (@yaboiiabr) November 14, 2019
Seeing likes: exists
— hailey becker (@hailey_becker21) November 14, 2019
— michael devers (@michaeldevers_) November 14, 2019
When I heard Instagram was getting rid of “likes” I was furious pic.twitter.com/ZazVnddPAn
— betty lavandero (@bettylavandero) November 12, 2019
One added: “Instagram removing likes is a poor move though, we may now see an influx here on Twitter. Lots of people thrive on social media validation and just like the way people don’t use curious cat again, they may leave IG. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
Instagram removing likes is a poor move though, we may now see an influx here on Twitter.
Lots of people thrive on social media validation and just like the way people don't use curious cat again, they may leave IG.
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
— Lidocaine? (@trending_medic) November 15, 2019
Whereas others think removing Instagram likes is a good idea
One person commented that the removal of likes is “genius”, another said it is their “favourite feature” change since they joined the platform.
Honestly Instagram Taking away Likes Is Genius.
— TAYLOR BENNETT (@_TaylorBennett) November 14, 2019
— Okwudili Merci (@Merci_Dilijah) November 15, 2019
new instagram update removing the amount of likes on people’s posts really gonna ruin some people’s life and I’m all for it
— Jack Taylor (@_Jacktaylor25) November 15, 2019
Likes have gone on Instagram woooo
— Malin Andersson (@MissMalinSara) November 14, 2019
It was originally thought the idea was to help with social pressures
Mia Garlick, policy director for Facebook in Australia and New Zealand, said removing Instagram likes was so users would feel less judged. In a statement she said: “We hope this test will remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive, so you can focus on sharing the things you love”.
y’all really think instagram is hiding likes for peoples mental health? pic.twitter.com/Lu1YtIx3qM
— cheetah girls stan account (@promise_elisa) November 15, 2019
Some think it’s because Instagram don’t like how much influencers monetise the platform
But a lot of people think there are other reasons behind the change. On tweet said: “Instagram aren’t removing likes for the sake of anyone’s mental health, I don’t think. I’m sure they aren’t the biggest fans of how much influencers are making off the platform. I’m sure they want a piece if that financial pie too.”
Instagram aren’t removing likes for the sake of anyone’s mental health, I don’t think. I’m sure they aren’t the biggest fans of how much influencers are making off the platform.
I’m sure they want a piece if that financial pie too.
— Stephy (@StephanieYeboah) November 15, 2019
What if Instagram is removing 'likes' as a first step to create their own influencer marketing platform?
Instagram/FB will now own the most valuable data (engagement/likes) and I imagine they will want to sell that to advertisers.
— Blake Robbins (@blakeir) November 13, 2019
And everyone thinks influencers are going to be ANGRY
Now that Instagram likes are potentially being removed for good, the point has been raised that brands will not be able to tell how engaged influencers’ posts are. And if influencers can’t make as much money, they’re going to be pissed.
*Only the photo uploader can see the number likes in the photo in Instagram from now on*
Instagram models: pic.twitter.com/6mEybcT2we
— Sushant Poudel (@sushant_poudel_) November 15, 2019
How will we know when people have fake followers now?
With the new feature, you will no longer be able to tell the amount of the likes someone gets in comparison to their number of followers. So basically, if someone buys loads of fake followers, you won’t be able to tell anymore.
Can’t wait for Instagram likes to be gone so that I can just buy 200k followers and nobody will fucken know they’re fake
— gov michaela of incels (@MichaelaOkla) November 12, 2019
And fuckboys will be able to run WILD
HOW AM I GOING TO KNOW IF MY BOYFRIEND IS LIKING RANDOM GIRLS’ PICTURES?
What a time to be alive.