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Instagram’s Like Count Removal Sparks Disdain From Nicki Minaj & Other Celebs
By Thanussha Priyah, 14 Nov 2019
Image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com and ArthurStock / Shutterstock.com
Instagram has begun removing likes in a number of countries, justifying that the social network should be less of a “competition” and more of a platform “with the people that [users] love” and “the things they they care about,” per Instagram head Adam Mosseri.
Account owners with the update will be able to see their own like numbers but not those of other users.
The removal will not fully take effect just yet. The platform hopes to measure its success in test areas before implementing it permanently.
However, celebrities have already voiced out their thoughts on their like counts possibly being hidden.
Cardi B feels the disappearing of like numbers will not make the platform a better place, as she believes toxicity is more likely to breed in the comments section. “The comments affect [us] more than the likes,” the hip-hop artist insists in a video on her Instagram account.
Nicki Minaj has also joined in and rallied against the potential change, even insinuating that she will not use the platform if like counts are gone. Minaj claims that removing likes means stripping power from independent artists who wish to see how their work impacts followers.
Kim Kardashian, on the other hand, does not share the sentiment. She has expressed her faith at a conference that making likes invisible will be “beneficial” to users’ mental health.
Some might be concerned that hiding likes will end social media influencers’ careers, but this is likely not the case, as tech writer Taylor Lorenz explains that there are other analytic tools content creators can use to understand follower engagements and still make a living from the network.
I’m not posting on IG after this week cuz they removing the likes. Hmmmm what should I get into now? Think of all the time I’ll have with my new life— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) November 9, 2019
[via CBS News, images via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com / ArthurStock / Shutterstock.com]
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