Instagram expanded its test of removing likes to the US this week, and now, the experiment is going global.
- Instagram is testing out removing "likes" on posts worldwide, TechCrunch first reported.
- Last week, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri announced that the company would start removing likes on posts in the US, an experiment which it has already been testing in seven other countries.
- Users will still be able to see likes on their own posts, but not on others'.
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Instagram has been experimenting with removing "likes" from posts, and now, it's expanding that test worldwide, Josh Constine at TechCrunch first reported.
The company has been removing likes from some accounts in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand since July. Then, last Friday, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced that the experiment would expand to this US beginning this week. An Instagram spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that Thursday begins a worldwide rollout.
But not every user will lose likes, only those who are included in the test. And if you are part of the test, the change may not be permanent.
"While the feedback from early testing has been positive, this is a fundamental change to Instagram, and so we're continuing our test to learn more from our global community," the spokesperson said.
Instagram appears to be mulling the change after critics have come after the app for its effect on users' mental health, and Mosseri said as much on stage at Wired25 last week.
"We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people's well-being and health," Mosseri said on stage at the event, Wired's Adrienne So first reported.
Some influencers and celebrities have complained that this change will hurt them, while others say it won't affect their businesses. Instagram says it is working on ways to help creators while it experiments with removing likes.