- Instagram is testing a change in the app, where the number of tastings in your posts would be hidden to everyone other than you.
- Reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the unprecedented and posted screenshots for Twitter.
- An Instagram spokeswoman said the feature is not being tested "at the moment", but the company is always considering "ways to reduce the pressure" in the application.
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Instagram may be considering a major change in the app that would prevent everyone from seeing the number of tannings you receive in your posts. The screenshots of the tested resource were posted on Twitter by Jane Manchun Wong, a reverse engineer known for finding unseen resources and hidden changes in key social applications code. The Wong images show an Instagram post without a similar count appearing below the image, and a note explaining that you can see only the number of tanned in their own posts.
"We want your followers to focus on what you share, not on how many your posts are received," says one of Wong's images. "During this test, only the person who shared a post will see the total number of tanned."
It is important to note that the test does not show the complete elimination of the "like" feature of Instagram. However, the number of tanned is only visible to the person who shared the post.
Instagram told Business Insider that this is not a feature that the team is testing "at the moment", although the company has not clarified whether it could be a tested feature in the future.
"Exploring ways to reduce the pressure on Instagram is something we are always thinking about," an Instagram spokesman told Business Insider.
Instagram potentially rethinking the "like" feature echoes the comments made by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. In an appearance this week in TED 2019, Dorsey said that one of the problems with Twitter is that it puts undue pressure on a user's number of followers and tanned.
Dorsey said that if he could go back and start over with Twitter, he "would not even have a count like that in the first place."
"As we've been saying for a while, we're rethinking everything about the service to make sure we're encouraging a healthy conversation that includes the" Comms Twitter said in an October tweet.
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