Instagram has begun hiding likes and video views as part of a trial aimed at removing “the pressure” and shifting the focus to “sharing the things” its users enjoy. Users will still be able to see how many views and likes their posts garner, but their followers will only see a user name “and others” below posts, rather than the number of likes on their feed.
A spokeswoman said the trial for some users in countries including Ireland, Italy and Australia was aimed at stopping the platform from feeling “like a competition”. The change applies to the Instagrams Feed, Permalink and Profile functions. “We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves,” said Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealands director of policy. “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.”
The trial began in Canada in May and has also been rolled out to Brazil, Japan and New Zealand. Measurement tools for businesses will not be affected by the trial, Instagrams spokeswoman said. Last week the company unveiled an anti-bullying initiative following high-profile cases such as the death of British teenager Molly Russell. The social media site has started rolling out a new feature which notifies people before they post that their comment may be considered offensive. Credit: Telegraph UK
Credit: Telegraph UK