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Instagram: will comments become the new likes?

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21.07.2019

Instagram is running a social media experiment in Australia and elsewhere to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts.

Instagram has changed the way users interact with posts.Credit:Jake Michaels/The New York Times

If you have an Instagram account, you’ll get to see the numbers but your followers won’t – at least, not automatically. They will be able to click and see who liked your post, but will have to count the list of names themselves.

The trial is taking place right now in six countries: Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Canada has just finished its trial.

It’s a bold move by Instagram, but arguably a necessary one. There is growing concern about the effect of social media on young people’s mental health and self-esteem.

Instagram explained: "We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get."

Likes, and their public tallying, have become the........

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