Celebrities and influencers are furious at Instagram's experiment with hiding likes, and some are threatening to stop posting on the app
- Instagram will start testing a feature that hides "like" counts on posts for some US users starting this week.
- Celebrities and influencers have expressed outrage with the experimental feature, arguing that it weakens their leverage over brand deals and promotions.
- But a few celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, have praised the decision.
- The feature has already been piloted in seven countries including Australia, Ireland, and Canada.
Instagram is testing a new feature in the US this week that could be its most controversial yet: hiding the number of "likes" on posts.The new feature, announced by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri on Friday, is being met with strong backlash, especially from many influencers and celebrities.Advertisement
The feature has already been piloted in seven countries including Australia, Ireland, and Canada in recent months. When it was rolled out there, influencers complained that hiding likes would give them less leverage over brand deals and sponsored content.
Now, American celebrities are calling out the app for experimenting with removing likes, with some threatening to stop posting to Instagram entirely. Others took to Twitter to joke about the proposed changes.But some, including Kim Kardashian, have heralded Instagram's decision as a boon to users' mental health.
Here's what influencers and celebrities are saying about the new feature that hides likes on Instagram.
Not a good marketing strategy for business purposes... an option to the user, yes if it's a choice but disabling is from seeing likes completely will ruin instagram's users in the US. Don't "like" the idea- ginam_chronicles (@GinaMChronicles) November 9, 2019
Nicki Minaj threatened to stop posting on Instagram if the feature goes into effect.
Minaj went on to speculate that Instagram is hiding likes in order to manipulate what posts users see in their feed, regardless of how much engagement posts are getting.Advertisement
Rapper Juicy J predicted backlash against the change, tweeting that he expects people to leave Instagram and go "back to real life."
Cardi B took to Instagram to protest the feature, arguing that removing likes wouldn't make Instagram any less toxic because "the comments affect more than the likes."Advertisement
Rapper Rico Nasty said the decision to hide likes will "kill Instagram."
But some people view the decision to hide likes as a good thing, including Kim Kardashian West.Advertisement
Tracee Ellis Ross also voiced support for removing likes, stating that the like count "has adverse effects. It creates a culture that isn’t helpful for wellbeing and isn’t fruitful for creative energy.”
And some influencers have argued that the number of likes on a post is irrelevant compared to other metrics like follower counts and impressions.Advertisement
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