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It was recently announced that Instagram is trialling the removal of ‘likes’ counters. You’ll still be able to see how many likes you’re racking up on your own posts – just not other people’s. So, what’s the reason for this massive shake up? Mia Garlick, the Director of Public Policy for Facebook and Instagram in Australia and New Zealand, chatted to Triple J’s Hack last week and said it's all about taking the "competition" out of posting. Garlick went on to say that the change will ease the "pressure" on users to post certain kinds of pics.

The change comes after growing reports into how social media affects our wellbeing. Many researchers suggest that the impact is negative, particularly when it comes to the mental health of young people using the platform. According to Hack, a recent study in the UK found that Instagram was the worst platform for the mental health of young people. Instagram said this recent update is specifically designed to combat this problem.

Since it was announced that Instagram was running the trial, Twitter has been ablaze with commentary. From the insightful and positive, to the negative and unhappy, to the downright hilarious, we’ve rounded up the best Twitter reactions to the #instagramlikes saga.


The lovers

A lot of people have been singing Instagram’s praises, claiming this new feature is a positive step towards making the platform a less harmful place. Most of these reactions mention people’s hope that it will see Instagram go back to being a creative place, rather than one obsessed with popularity.


The haters

While a lot of people are praising Instagram for this step, a lot of others (and not just #influencers) are unhappy with the change. Some claim that not being able to publicly show off their ‘likes’ is more damaging for their mental health than the comparison that comes from seeing other people’s likes. Others just think it should be an optional feature – given the untold effects it may have on people whose cash flow depends on engagement.


The jokers

Lastly, we’ve got the people who think the whole thing is just one big joke. And really, who can blame them? These folks are a nice reminder that sometimes we need to take a step back and look at what’s really important. Does it *really* matter how many likes you get on a photo?

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