Last month, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed that hiding like counts was soon to become optional. Now the feature is officially being rolled out for everyone, but there’s more. Not only Instagram is letting you hide or reveal like counts as you please, but you can now do it on Facebook, too.
When Instagram rolled out hidden like counts, some users greeted the new feature, and others wanted them back. And now, you can choose if you want them to be displayed or not. In the latest update from Instagram, the company head Adam Mosseri confirmed that hiding like counts is soon to become optional.
Last month, Instagram went global with hiding like counts. For some of us, it was a welcome change and refreshment of the app. But for others, especially influencers, this was a disaster. But there’s a solution.
If you prefer seeing everyone’s like counts, The Return of the Likes comes to the rescue. This browser extension lets you see how many likes there are on other people’s posts, just the way it was before.
After testing it out in seven countries in July and in the US earlier this week, Instagram’s now hiding like counts globally. It’s still testing the feature and how people react to it, but the company notes that the feedback has been positive so far. Maybe, then, this will ultimately end up being more than a test.
Instagram will begin hiding the like counter for some people in the USA this week, according to Instagram CEO, Adam Mosseri. The possibility that Instagram would implement hidden likes came about in April after a design prototype was leaked. By July, Instagram had turned off like counters for some users in seven countries.
The goal, they say, is to stop the jealousy that we often see on social media. Their plan appears to be working, as Instagram expands the test into the USA and even parent company Facebook plans to follow suit.
Earlier this year, a leaked design prototype showed us that Instagram could start hiding like counts from your followers. The feature is now being tested and it hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in seven countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Brazil, and Japan.
Judging from a recently leaked design prototype, Instagram might soon hide the Like counts from people who view your posts. Although it looks like a small tweak in design, this change could have a huge impact on everyone on the platform: artists who show off their work, influencers, or casual Instagram users.