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Instagram Might Soon Hide The Number Of Likes On Posts

Friday 19/April/2019 - 09:16 PM
Sada El Balad
Instagram might be planning to implement a small design change that could go a long way to promote users' social and digital well-being، the Technical Times said.

With this change، only a person who shares a post will see the total number of likes it gets. Hiding like counts could decrease herd mentality and lessen the impact of a phenomenon called "feedback loop،" the drug of all social media، so to speak.

It could also lessen the sense of competition on Instagram، wherein "likes" signifies popularity، reach، and other desirable social qualities. Finally، it could encourage creators to post content that's authentic instead of being motivated by the potential number of likes they could garner.

Instagram Might Hide Likes
Researcher and software engineer Jane Manchun Wong first discovered the design change; she's proven herself a consummate reverse engineering expert by discovering a handful of hidden features on other apps، too، including Facebook and Twitter. As TechCrunch reports، Wong pulled it from Instagram's Android code and generated screenshots to show the design change in action، which are below:
Edited by Ahmed Moamar

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