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'Likes' to disappear from Instagram
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced Friday that Instagram users in the United States will find out next week what it's like to go without "likes" on the popular app...
...Other companies have attempted to remove publicly available engagement metrics from their platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Social media researchers contend that when users tailor content to whatever reaps the most engagement or outrage, the result is an extreme environment that makes healthy interactions practically impossible. More here.
I have pondered this and do think that it is a positive move. It could backfire and cause a sudden drop in activity, but in the long run it should cure a few of the problems that have plagued the service.