Instagram bug accidentally hid likes from some its users.
I was one of the users who couldn’t tap the like button and I wondered what happened to Instagram. In case you were one of the users who couldn’t use the like button, this is what happened.
While testing one of the features, an Instagram bug accidentally hid likes from some of its users. The company was testing the feature on a selected group of people but the bug added more people to the test contrary to the company’s plans.
What did the bugs do?
The bug hid likes from the accounts of many users. While most people were flustered, some were happy not seeing the likes on their accounts. However, Instagram issued a clarification about the same on Twitter and wrote, “We’ve been testing a new experience to hide likes on Feed posts.
We unintentionally added more people to the test today, which was a bug — we’re fixing this issue and restoring like counts to those people as soon as possible.”
Instagram is testing a new feature that would remove the number of likes from an account. In a screenshot shared by one of the users, Instagram sent a pop-up to users about the new feature.
“Testing a change to how you see likes”. “We want your followers to focus on what you share and not how many likes your posts get,” the note read.
Instagram further said that during the test, only the account holder will see the total number of likes on his post. The number of likes on a post will not be visible to the followers of a particular account.