Nicki Minaj to stop using Instagram after likes are hidden
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US rapper Nicki Minaj is not too happy with
Instagram’s latest feature and has vowed to stop using the app if they remove
Making the announcement on Twitter on Sunday, the Barbie Dreams hitmaker said
she would stop posting on the app and
asked her followers to recommend an alternative one.
“I’m not posting on IG after this week cuz
they removing the likes. Hmmmm what should I get into now? Think of all the
time I’ll have with my new life [sic],” she wrote.
Nicki went on to allege that the removal of
likes was a plot between bigger companies and Instagram to make more money and
prevent musicians from making money through the platform.
“They will replace that too. You’ll see.
This isn’t about how smaller companies will cope. It’s about WHY the bigger
company is doing it. This is why musicians make no money. The labels &
streaming services knew what to say to pacify us. They continue to make the
REAL MONEY,” she responded to a follower who questioned her decision.
According to News24,
Insta’s decision to hide likes comes as an attempt to ease the pressure to win
approval with images, videos or comments and rather let people focus on what
was being posted.
Although likes will disappear from IG’s feeds
and users’ profile pages, the user can still see the number of likes their
posts received but their followers won’t.
Speaking at the WIRED25
conference in San Francisco recently, IG CEO Adam Mosseri said the feature had already been rolled out in
several countries, including Canada, Brazil and New Zealand, and would be
implemented in the US as early as next week.
Other people who have expressed their
dissatisfaction with this new feature are influencers who, according to CNN,
rely on branded content, product lines,
podcasts, books and even their own online courses on how to build a social-media
following to turn their popularity into a profit.
“The fact that my posts are massively
engaged has paid off for me. My main concern right now is that the number of
followers a user has now defaults to be the main metric," photography
influencer Sam McAllister told the publication.