Instagram could hide the count of number of likes you get

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2019

TechCrunch reports that the test was discovered by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, who has broken news on a number of Instagram features before they had officially been confirmed or launched. Needless to say, hiding the number of likes that Instagram users get on their posts will fundamentally change the way Instagram is used. The prototype design would only display a photo's like count to the person who posted the photo, according to The Verge, who also received a statement from Instagram.

Would you still be interested in posting pictures on Instagram if no one could see how many people have "liked" your post?

New screenshots suggest the company is testing a way to hide like counts in Instagram posts.

Social media platforms have always been criticized for putting pressure on young users and failing to protect their privacy and safety. Although social media can be all fun and games, sometimes social media apps can unfortunately get competitive.

For many, hidden "likes" could provide some peace of mind: No more obsessively checking your phone for notifications after a post, or lamenting that not enough of your followers appreciates your internet presence. Following that, Instagram told TechCrunch that the screenshots were simply an internal prototype, and they were not now testing getting rid of "likes" on the app itself. In fact, she suggests that the change could be good for business. Instead, they express awareness of the issue at hand.

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