Say goodbye to Nicki Minaj on the gram if they hide her likes.
Nicki and other celebrities expressed their outrage about Instagram’s plans to hide like counts on posts for some U.S. users starting this week.
Nicki Minaj even threatened to stop posting to Instagram if this happens.
Nicki then went on to explain the REAL reason she thinks Instagram is removing likes.
Cardi B. also weighed in.
Rico Nasty had this to say.
Skai Jackson offered words of wisdom. While we’re making suggestions, can Instagram also offer the choice to switch back to most recent posts? We’re just saying!
Juicy J saw the brighter side of the situation.
While social media influencer, Karen Civil enlightened the masses.
Social media influencer, Karen Civil, schooled users about their concern over likes. According to Civil, the bottom line in the business of using social media to grow your business or brand. “Likes does not translate to $10,000 in sales,” she said.
She also mentioned that Instagram already piloted the feature in several countries, including Australia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, and Canada, and there haven’t been reports of “any drastic changes in influencer income.”
Other celebrities embraced the decision.
Kim Kardashian, who has one of the most massive Instagram followings with over 150 million followers, approved of the move and argued that it would be a good thing for the public’s mental health.
“As far as mental health…I think taking the likes away and taking that aspect away from [Instagram] would be really beneficial for people,” Kardashian said at The New York Times DealBook event. “I know the Instagram team has been having a bunch of conversations with people to get everyone’s take on that and they’re taking it really seriously, and that makes me happy.”
Tracee Ellis Ross also voiced her support, saying the like count had “adverse effects.”
“It creates a culture that isn’t helpful for well-being and isn’t fruitful for creative energy,” she said in a panel discussion facilitated by Wired 25, a symposium that features conversations with leaders from science, technology, and entertainment.
For those concerned about losing your likes, rest assured that while others may not see your likes, you’ll still be able to see all the love you’re receiving on your posts.
“Right now, we’re testing making like counts private, so you’ll be able to see how many people liked a given photo of yours or a video of yours, but no one else will,” Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram announced during Wired 25. Mosseri hopes the experiment will make Instagram “less of a competition and give people more space to focus on connecting with people that they love, things that inspire them.”
In a tweet, Mosseri welcomed feedback about their experiment.