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Instagram accidentally hid likes for a few hours and everyone freaked out

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Instagram mistakenly — and temporarily — hid like counts for a large swathe of users on Tuesday.

Instagram users simply logged on, went to check how many people appreciated their latest brunch snap, and received a rude shock.

Instead of text revealing the exact number of likes their posts had gained, users were merely told that they was liked by a named account ‘and others.

‘ This change affected everyone in users’ feeds as well, so they couldn’t see how many likes other people‘s Instagram posts got either.

According to Instagram this expansion of a ‘test’ that’s been in place for many users for months was entirely unintentional, as evidenced by its prompt reversal a few hours after it went live.

‘We’ve been testing a new experience to hide likes on Feed posts,’ a Facebook company spokesperson told Mashable.

People can pull down to refresh their feed and their likes should restore.

Some applauded the move as beneficial for users’ mental health, however others already missed the validation they received from likes.

Users also expressed concern that this change could impact Instagram influencers’ ability to make an income.

Instagram getting rid of likes is actually kind of awesome.

So many people are addicted to how many “likes” they can get instead of posting what truly makes them happy.

did instagram remove the option to see the number of likes under a photo??!? I’m truly torn on whether I think hiding instagram likes will be healthy for me as an influencer (who typically has to “deliver” a certain amount of impressions for brand deals), I think I kind of feel more stressed?.

So Instagram has taken away the number of likes on posts which means the influencer career path is due to collapse within the week 😬.

— ⁷ ♡ (@kvhori) March 3, 2021.

So Instagram can take away likes but you still can’t edit posts with multiple pics to delete just one of the pics.

Ppl gettin mad about not seeing the number of likes they receive on ig bcuz they use that as some sort of validation currency shows is how deeply twisted and vain we are.

so instagram got rid of likes and i think that was one of the most humanitarian moves they could have made.

However, countries such as Canada, Australia, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand had already been dealing with the loss of likes since Instagram began testing the feature in 2019.

‘You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.


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