Remove the number of likes shown on Instagram

Remove the number of likes shown on Instagram

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Ali Barker started this petition to Instagram

There is a global trial underway to remove the number of likes shown on Instagram posts. The aim of this petition is to support the consideration of this move in the hope that the request from users will hold even a small bit of weight in the decision making.

We know social media is great for business & for staying connected with others, but why are we tolerating the negatives? 

Let’s request a change that still enables us to use all the benefits of the platform but removes the competition. A space where our younger siblings, friends, colleagues, children & loved ones don’t feel the need to like hunt, self like or delete posts because they’re not worthy. A space where expression is disconnected from approval. 

We have been given an unbelievable platform which helps us all in so many ways but we can and need to admit the toxicity of the habits we have all formed. 

We can and should put more value in knowledge, compassion, intelligence and empathy, for us and for all the people who are still to be introduced to Social Media. That’s not done by cementing the path into making sure everyone gets enough likes. The desire to have the most likes and the most followers is damaging people's mentality and motivation to do something meaningful with life. 

We are in 2021, a time when the fight to be equal has never been louder, yet we are allowing ourselves to be sucked into the vortex of comparing likes and followers. It’s just a number.

Ask yourself, do you know anyone who you think might be affected by these things? 

Do you want the social media using people you care about to continue judging their self worth based on likes and followers? 

There has been a 'hide like counts' button added to some users accounts. It was recently visible on my account but it has never worked when trying to use it. This tool alone isn't enough to solve such a huge problem because we can't rely on every single user to support this move. 

There have been petitions about this before. It’s been in the news. We have all heard the rumours of it happening but the trials have now been going on for 3 years so maybe if we ask, we can help make it happen. It’s not out of reach, it’s already happening elsewhere. Let's try and achieve the unthinkable outcome of it being looked at by somebody who has the power to make a difference on our UK platform. 

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