Social networking app, Instagram about to launch a beta version of removing like counts from Instagram posts in the U.S.
The main objective of the new change is to make the social media platform equal for every user and reduced anxiety among its user and make the social media platform less competitive.
CEO of Instagram Adam Mosseri explained about the release of the test at the Wired25 event on Friday, "I think you also have to rethink some of the fundamentals about how Instagram works, and so that’s what we’re trying to do with private like counts."
Their primary idea is to try and depressurize Instagram, make it less of a competition, give people more space to focus on connecting with people that they love, things that inspire them.
Mosseri added, “We will make decisions that hurt the business [in the short term] if they’re good for people’s well-being and health — because it has to be good for the business over the long-term.”
Soon as the announcement was dropped, it garnered various opinions and criticisms out of which some reads,
Instagram will still make the followers count visible, which is regarded as their biggest status symbol.
Peter DeLuce regarding the issue tweeted,
Instagram removing likes may be terrible for emerging artists online. My work got seen because larger accounts saw the popularity of my pieces and shared them with their followers. Without likes, recognition in the art world returns to 'who you know' or subjective elitist tastes.
On the positive aspect, it will also help influencers and other content creators by providing a more realistic reflection of their engagement, according to Karen Civil.
Being not able to see the 'like' option will limit the users to use the platform as there is no fun watching the post and knowing how worthy it is.