Instagram has been testing a feature for hidden likes for several months. Tests start in Canada in May. Although Instagram has not announced exactly how it will proceed, the company announced yesterday that it is expanding the process to six more countries: Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Shift the number of "Like" fades for selected accounts so their followers can not see how many likes a picture or video has. There's no way to turn this trial off or on – if Instagram chooses your account, it'll seem to be affected as long as the test lasts.
Instagram says that this feature is being tried to eliminate the "pressure" to publish content for likes, and to focus the user back on the images themselves instead of on their perceived popularity. Recently, Instagram has also taken action to combat bullying on the platform. Some recent studies have linked Instagram to mental health problems. The company clearly wants to fight some of the negative aspects of the platform.
However, the move was – predictably – associated with some setbacks. Likes and Followers are the currency of Instagram and some users rely on the public ad "Likes" for business purposes. For those of you who follow accounts that are affected – and still want to see how many likes get their posts – we've found a workaround.
How to Spot Hidden Likes on Instagram
The solution is deceptively simple and does not require additional downloads or software, just access to a web browser. Instead of displaying a hidden-likes post in the Instagram app, just do the following:
- Go to Instagram.com in a browser.
- Sign in Now you can see her.
We have already achieved success with this method in Australia, and I suspect that it applies to the other regions included in the study. There may be other alternatives – we tried to use a VPN to work around the restrictions but were unsuccessful. So if you have tips, you can add them in the comments.
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