Instagram Now Hides Photo And Video ‘likes’ In 7 Countries

Posted: Jul 17 2019, 5:26pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Instagram now hides photo and video ‘likes’ in 7 countries
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The move comes after the photo-sharing giant launched anti-bullying features.

As more internet users succumb to the life of likes, comments and shares, one of the biggest social media platforms appears to be ironically attempting to alter that.

Instagram, the now Facebook-owned photo-sharing giant, is testing a new feature that will hide the number of likes people can see in users’ photos or videos, TechCrunch reported. In the tests, only the account user can see how many people hit the heart button or double-tapped on their posts.

The pilot was first trialled in Canada, and was later rolled out to six more countries: Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, TechCrunch said some users in Canada had reported that the likes have returned to their feed. The news outlet said Instagram confirmed that tests are still ongoing in Canada.

When asked about the move, a spokesperson for Instagram told TechCrunch that it wants “your followers to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get.”

This way, people won’t have to care too much about each other’s “popularity level.”

The news comes about a week after Instagram introduced new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered anti-online bullying features that notifies people when their comments may be considered offensive before they are posted.

This way, commenters will be able to think about the tone of their comments and undo it, preventing the recipient from reading harmful comment notifications.

“While identifying and removing bullying on Instagram is important, we also need to empower our community to stand up to this kind of behavior. We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life,” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, said in a statement last week.

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