Instagram’s newest update has been causing some controversy over followers not being able to see how many “likes” they get from their posts.
On November 14, Instagram announced on their Twitter account that they are, “expanding the test of private counts globally and you’ll no longer see the total number of likes and views on photos and videos posted to Feed unless they’re your own.”
CEO of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, stated that “our hope is to better understand how this idea changes how people feel about using our platform, particularly young people.”
It is no surprise that social media has a huge effect on today’s society, especially with the idea of becoming a “social media influencer” depending on how many likes/followers you have. Instagram addressed that they are aware of how “like counts are important for creators, and actively thinking through ways for creators to communicate value to their partners.”
“Personally I do check my likes, so now that no one can see it, I feel less insecure about my posts. Every time I would not get enough likes, I would delete my post by the end of the night,” said Karla Leon, 4th year Liberal Studies major.
With this global update, users will hopefully be able to freely express themselves more without the insecurity of not gaining enough “likes” on a particular post.
“I think the upgrade was necessary because people crave the attention and likes on social media,” said Madelyn Gonzalez, 4th-year Business major.
Although the update is supposed to promote awareness to use Instagram for its original purpose, which is merely to upload photos and videos for fun and not for likes, there are some unhappy with the idea.
2nd-year history major, Addie Allen stated, “I am honestly not a fan of the update because I like people being able to see how many likes I got on my posts, considering I work hard to make my photos and captions unique.”
The update seems to be promoting a more creative social media app where people can post whatever they want, rather than trying to be a part of a popularity competition.
Celebrities have also stated their opinions, such as Cardi B, who posted, “I mean what makes you feel more insecure getting likes or no likes or people constantly giving opinions about you, your life, and topics?”
The update will hopefully continue to promote a healthy and safe online space.