Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure'

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 18/07/2019 14:58

Instagram is hiding the number of likes on posts in several countries, including Australia and Japan, in order to "remove pressure" on users.

The trial which begins Thursday, means users will see a user name "and others" below posts, instead of the number, on their feed.

Instagrammers can still view the number of likes their own posts receive.

There is concern social media platforms can contribute to low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy in young people.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-49026935

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Instagram hides number of 'likes' from users in Australian trial
Instagram users in Australia will no longer be able to see how many likes a post has a received under trial changes to “remove pressure” on the digital platform’s users.

Instagram will on Thursday begin rolling out the trial update removing the total number of likes on photos and viewings of videos on user feeds and profiles, and permalink pages.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jul/18/instagram-hides-number-of-likes-from-users-in-australian-trial

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