The social media platform is now testing a new feature which would restrict the number of viewers who can see the number of likes on individual posts.
Arguably one of the most popular social media sites, Instagram has penetrated a wide audience base and popularity of any particular individual can be gauged by the number of likes generated on a post.
The more the likes, the more popular are the ‘Influencers’, but this could see a significant change in the near future. The social media platform is now testing a new feature which would restrict the number of viewers who can see the number of likes on individual posts.
This piece of information was revealed by Jane Manchun Wong, who is known for reverse engineering apps in order to decipher their features, Instagram has already started testing a new feature which is aimed at hiding like count from users. “as stated in the app: “We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get”?,” she wrote and also shared a screenshot of the same on Twitter.
So, now are you all ready to panic and look around helplessly, wait, this new feature will hide only the count only from the followers of a particular profile. Now, what this effectively means is that if you have shared a photo from your vacation, you would still be to see how many people like your image, but this like count will not be visible to your Instagram followers.
So, if your Instagram profile has a number of close friends, then it will be easy to calculate your likes but if you are a celebrity etc, one cannot be able to gauge your popularity based on the number of likes on the photo.
Instagram responding to the different queries as: “We’re not testing this at the moment, but exploring ways to reduce pressure on Instagram is something we’re always thinking about,” an Instagram spokesperson told the US-based media channels.