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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure'

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

At the moment, Instagram users see a running total of people who have liked a post. In the trial, users will see a user name "and others" below posts.

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.

Instagram launched a similar trial in Canada in May and the new test is rolling out in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Brazil, the company told the BBC.

"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," Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand director of policy, said in a statement.

The goal, she adds, is that users feel less judged and to see "whether this change can help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story".

Instagram said the test would not affect measurement tools for businesses. And users can still see the list of people who liked other people's content by clicking into it.


When the test was first run in Canada, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said the aim was to minimise the stress of posting online with users competing over the number of likes their posts receive.

"We want people to worry a little bit less about how many likes they're getting on Instagram and spend a bit more time connecting with the people that they care about," he explained at the time.

The number of likes a post gets is a measure of success or popularity on Instagram.

Studies suggest this kind of instant feedback on content can boost people's self-esteem but bring others down if they do not get as many likes.

Studies have linked social media platforms to affecting mental health, especially of young people.

The number of likes is also the way to put value on a post for the business side of Instagram.

Influencers who get paid for the content they showcase in their posts are measured by the number of likes their social media activity draws.

Earlier this month, Instagram also revealed a new feature to tackle online bullying.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 10:40 PM
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Re: Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure'

Not going to work, people like the like system.

Social media is mostly vapid self-aggrandizing and enabling. You cannot take that away and expect good results.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 11:19 PM
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Re: Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure'

But will this cause financial harm to people who do these for a living? Like them or not, you can't steal people's livelyhood because......feelings.
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Re: Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure'

Most of their money are coming from sponsors and donations anyway.
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But will this cause financial harm to people who do these for a living? Like them or not, you can't steal people's livelyhood because......feelings.
e-thots and instagram celebs are lame as fuck. Yet they shouldn't lose their livelihood over hurt feelings or jealousy. Instagram was setup for these people and for the droolies that follow them.
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e-thots and instagram celebs are lame as fuck. Yet they shouldn't lose their livelihood over hurt feelings or jealousy.
People gotta eat

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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-19-2019, 06:45 AM
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Re: Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure'

There is clearly a negative aspect to like systems in general. People likely get some sort of kick out of getting a high amount of likes and likely makes them feel validated.

I generally don't get good vibes from people who upload selfies on a regular basis because they are either arrogant or are seeking some kind of validation that they are good enough. The latter is more worrying because those people shouldnt feel less of a person because they didnt get enough likes, its all superficial nonsense anyway.

logic would say that removing the visibility of these likes would mean people arnt constantly comparing their uploads to others. The question of people using it for work is another matter.

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

I don't see much changing. If you can see how many likes you have, then there will be ways to relay this to companies. People will still seek that dopamine rush wether others see it or not.

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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-19-2019, 08:02 AM
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This'll never work, I remember Seabs doing it with Rep, was tragic.

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

I dont really get the point. Like if you're the sort who gets all swept up in the "competition" of getting more likes than someone else you're probably not very well in the head, why are we coddling the weak willed so much?

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