Instagram is testing this feature in selected countries, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. This Hide Like Counts will let users see who liked your posts but not how many likes the post is having.
Instagram recently tweeted about its Hide Like Counts Feature…
We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in the following countries:
✅ New Zealand pic.twitter.com/2OdzpIUBka
— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019
Giving the reason for this, Instagram says…
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’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received. We’re looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.
This seems pretty valid because when today everyone just wants to make their posts go viral or want to have so many followers even though in real life they may not be how they are showing themselves. Whether its Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook, this Getting Famous Fever is spreading more and more. We appreciate this action of Instagram to hide likes count, it may not affect users on a large scale but will definitely help in reducing the stress of getting more & more liked atleast.
Let us know what do you think about this in the comments, we would love to know your views.