On Instagram and Facebook, you can now CHOOSE whether or not to hide likes: apps reveal new options after backlash on plans to hide likes from everyone
- Instagram started testing hide like counts for users in 2019
- The trial received some backlash, including from social media influencers
- Now you can choose on Instagram and Facebook whether you want to see likes on the posts of other users, and whether other users can see likes on your own posts
Instagram and Facebook have announced new options to hide likes on posts, hoping to build a ‘more positive experience’ on the platforms.
The popular apps started hiding in 2019 as counts for users in seven countries to understand if it “ reduces the pressure associated with posting. ”
But the trial got some negative feedback from users, which led to the apps owned by Facebook making a few changes this time around.
This time, users can choose whether to see likes on other users’ posts, and whether other users see likes on their posts.
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Instagram and Facebook announced new options to hide likes on posts, hoping to build a ‘more positive experience’ on the platforms
Options to hide
Starting today, Instagram and Facebook offer the possibility to:
- Hide like counts on all posts in their feed
- Hide the number of likes on their own posts so that others can’t see how many likes their posts are getting
- Hide as counts on the posts of others
- Choose to hide similar counts before sharing a post. People can turn this setting on or off even after the post goes live
Instagram is concerned that seeing a post with thousands of likes could lead to feelings of low self-esteem for users who only get a few likes or only a handful of followers.
The efforts to make users feel happier online amid concerns about social media can contribute to low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy in young people.
Instagram today announced the new like-hiding options in a blog.
It explained, ‘You may have noticed that we’ve been testing hiding like counting on Instagram for a while.
“Today we are announcing that everyone on Instagram and Facebook will now have the option to hide their audience like counts so they can decide what works for them.”
Starting today, users will have the option to hide all posts in their feed or on their own posts.
“ This way, if you want, you can focus on the photos and videos being shared, rather than the number of likes that posts are getting, ” Instagram explains.
Alternatively, users can hide the count of others’ posts by going to the New Posts section in the settings.
Starting today, users will have the option to hide all posts in their feed or on their own posts
The like-hiding options were first tested in 2019 to see if it could “ diminish people’s experience on Instagram. ”
However, some independent experts have suggested that the decision actually had more to do with advertising and revenue.
“Let’s stop the bulls ** t that this recent change is about reducing the incidence of mental health among their users,” said Dave Levett, head of Australian marketing agency Murmur.
“It’s about increasing ad revenue for the platform and making Instagram more attractive for small businesses and brands to pump dollars into the growing social colossus.”
The move was also criticized by many influencers, who rely on similar numbers to bring in new brand deals.
Instagram explained: ‘What we heard from people and experts was that not seeing’ like counts’ was beneficial for some and annoying for others, especially as people use ‘like counts’ to get a sense of what’s trending or popular. choice.’
The apps hope the update will change the way people like things.
Changing the way people see as matters is a big shift. We will continue to work on new ways to give people more choice so that they feel good about the time they spend on our apps, ‘he added.
Instagram launches crackdown on fake accounts with a new feature that gives users more information
Instagram has cracked down on fake accounts and is introducing a new feature that shows users information about who is really behind a username.
The photo-sharing app’s more than 1 billion users will now be able to evaluate the authenticity of accounts, weeks after parent Facebook took similar action in an effort to remove fake accounts on its social media platform.
The ‘About this account’ feature allows users to see the ads an account is running, the country where the account is located, the username changes in the last year, and other details.
To learn more about an account, go to their profile, tap the menu… then select ‘About this account’.
There you’ll see the date the account joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the past year, and any ads the account is currently running.
Instagram also plans to significantly increase the number of verified accounts for public figures, celebrities, and global brands.
In addition to the account username, applicants must provide full real names and a copy of legal or business identification.
Instagram also said it will allow the use of third-party apps such as DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication to help users log into their accounts securely.