Instagram says it is now testing hiding likes and views with select users globally

Instagram has been testing making the likes private in several countries since July this year.


Instagram has announced that it is starting to test hiding likes and views globally now.

Instagram will be testing this with a select number of users, so you may or may not see the likes counter disappear. Instagram began to test this globally on 14 November. If you’re a part of the test, you will no longer see the total number of likes and views on photos and videos posted to Feed, unless they’re your own.

 Instagram says it is now testing hiding likes and views with select users globally

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Users who are part of the test will be notified in their Feed.

“Starting today, we’re expanding our test of private like counts to the rest of the world beyond Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand. If you’re in the test, you’ll no longer see the total number of likes and views on photos and videos posted to Feed unless they’re your own. While the feedback from early testing has been positive, this is a fundamental change to Instagram, and so we’re continuing our test to learn more from our global community,” Vishal Shah, VP of Product, Instagram said.

Instagram was first reported to be working on removing likes from its platform in April. In July, Instagram had officially come out to say that it's "running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people" in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. Last week, it also started testing in the US.

When Instagram first announced about removing likes from the platform, a spokesperson from the company had said in a statement, "We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get."

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