Instagram feels like experimenting for some reason...idk why...but they want to hide "likes" for a while. Well "like counts" for certain users; I guess like celebrities and influencers. I know that Nicki Minaj isn't too happy about it.
The change comes because of the pressure to get likes and how it is like a competition. It is now trying to focus on connecting you with people you love, things that inspire you, and make you happy.
As part of the test, affected accounts will be able to see their own "likes," but not the metrics of the people they follow or other users. Even if users are selected to be part of the test group, they will have the ability to opt out.
It is pretty interesting....how do you feel about it? Let me know!