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Instagram allows hiding likes from all users

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Probably already started to point out some cases. If you pay attention to some publications, you will realize that hiding likes in Instagram posts is already a reality, and it is available to all users of this platform.

In other words, it is now up to the user to decide whether he wants to keep this information restricted to him alone or make it public. It seems like a trite change, but Instagram hopes to achieve noble goals with it. This social network specializing in photographs and short videos intends to contribute to the users’ good mental health, especially the younger ones.

Two years after the first step, in the United States of America, in hiding likes, Instagram is making this resource official and universal. The app will now allow all users to hide likes. While the tool remains optional, users will still need to enable likes counts in their account settings.

Instagram allows hiding likes from all users

With this update, users can choose to remove like counts from their own posts as well as from other users’ posts in their feeds. However, users who choose to hide likes in their own photos/videos will still be able to see who interacted with their posts, but it will take a few extra touches to access these statistics.

This new implemented change is something similar to what the original version of Facebook had come to test, the one that did not give users the option to see likes. With this practice, the company hopes to make likes less likely to affect users’ mental health. In this way, theoretically, the application would eliminate part of the negative pressure that has been suffered associated with its service.

But past experiences have sparked some controversy among users, and Instagram boss Adam Mosseri recently told The Information that hiding tastes was “polarizing” and that his “changed his mind.” At the same time, Instagram and Facebook are still grappling with the question of how social media actually affects mental health, especially that of younger users. And lawmakers, for their part, questioned the issue of mental health among adolescents in the face of Instagram’s plan for children under 13 years of age.

In its latest statement, Instagram says it plans to fund more external research on its platform, including how Instagram itself affects teens and younger users. The company is soliciting proposals from researchers and nonprofit organizations to “help us better understand Instagram experiences that may or may not contribute to the safety and health of our community.”

Source: gadget

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