Some users of Instagram, a social media platform say plans to remove ‘likes counter’ will help sanitise the platform.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in June, Instagram began testing a feature where users would no longer be able to view how many people ‘liked’ posts.
Announcing the move, Instagram wrote on its Twitter handle @instagram, “We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get.
“You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who have liked it but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your posts has received.
“We are looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.”
According to some users in support of the move, removal of the feature will reduce the vanity and validation that comes with gathering ‘likes’ on the social network.
@Imumzone said, “I absolutely love the idea. They want it to be more about the engagement and less about the likes.”
Photographer, Abdullah Magaiskiya @Magaiskiya said, “As long as accounts (especially the businesses) are getting insights into their posts, it’s a good idea.
“I think a lot of folks get too obsessed with this like thing, particularly the younger ones and it’s not healthy for their mental well-being.”
@Emigo said, “This is impressive and will help our society.”
@Single_nigerian said, “And this will encourage people to post. It’s supposed to be showing your life, not how many people liked your post.”
@DrPepple wrote, “Very good development, it will also help mental health of many people.”
NAN reports that some other users complained that removal of the ‘like counter’ might negatively affect influencers, businesses and celebrities who earn a living from the platform.
@Iamettah wrote, “It’s okay for personal accounts but not fair for busienss accounts. Potential customers are swayed by the number of lives or views on a post because it gives the impression that the product is worth purchasing.”