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Users upset over Instagram's decision of hiding likes to 'remove pressure'

Users upset over Instagram's decision of hiding likes to 'remove pressure'

In a recently conducted trial, social media site Instagram decided to hide the number of likes in order to ‘remove pressure’ on users. However, people did not take the trial very well.

Instagram users currently can see a total number of people who liked a post. In the trial, the users will only see a user name ‘and others’ below their posts and not the number of likes. However, users can still see the number of likes on their own posts.

The users will still be able to see the list of people who liked other people’s content by clicking on it and counting the number of likes. The test has already been launched in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand.

In its tweet, Instagram gave the reason saying that the test in aimed to remove pressure on how many likes a post would get, hence making users focus more on sharing things they love. This will make users fell less judged and see if ‘this change can help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story’, as per BBC News.

Moreover, where some thought it was a nice move and showed appreciation, the news did not set well with the users and they immediately started expressing their dislike about the trial.

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