EDIT: March 2, 2021, 10:14 PM
Instagram released the following statement:
Shortly after finishing this article, Instagram revealed that this update was unintentional.
This is disappointing, as I was excited and hopeful for the positive effects this kind of change would have on the world.
Read on for the article as I wrote it before seeing the tweet.
Today, March 2, 2021, Instagram has officially removed the ability to see the likes under someone else’s post. You can still like posts and see the likes for your own posts, but not for others.
Instagram has been testing this feature for the last couple of years, but it looks like it has finally been officially implemented.
Here’s what likes under posts looked like before and after this update — some_user being an arbitrary username.
Liked by some_user and 100 others
Liked by some_user and others
Upon clicking others, you will see a message that reads the following — some_owner being the post owner.
Only some_owner can see the total number of likes on this post.
Additionally, upon clicking others, you will still see the list of people who liked the post, starting with those you follow.
What Does This Mean?
If you use social media, have watched the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, or have simply been observing the world around you, you would know that social media addiction is rampant.
Hopefully, this feature will alleviate the psychological effect that Instagram has on its users to keep consistently returning to the app and scrolling indefinitely.
Young people not having to see thousands of likes blaring at them under an influencer they feel envious about will surely reduce social media's negative impact on their self-esteem.
In The Future
I hope this feature will stay.
This is a big deal and a positive sign for social media’s road ahead.
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