The novel plague coronavirus has already affected the mental health of everyone, what about extreme closure and social isolation. Thankfully, social media has become an excellent support system for almost everyone, connecting us when we can meet in person. However, the same social pressure that existed before the epidemic hit – tied to the popularity of the post, is not really over. Instagram and Facebook are now about to launch a new trial to allow users to control what they see as being counted in the company’s services.
Readers may recall that Instagram was already working (and exploring in limited areas) to hide the popularity of certain users, but it seems the company’s work on the ‘feature’ has been delayed due to the epidemic – when the company starts operating with more pressures and key features, according to TechCrunch Now, the company is ready to test the same experience, but with an exciting change – it offers the opportunity to view and display similar statistics for its users.
One response received by the company was that the likes were actually helpful on their pages and profiles to keep track of their interests, while users who were supposed to work with products or companies sponsoring their posts could not easily do so without showing much popularity. Meanwhile, similar debates about the negative aspect of social networking popularity, which puts pressure on younger users, continue.
However, not all users will have the option to hide their preferences. This is still a limited test, which is likely to be extended to other users in the future. Those trial-selected accounts will see the option to hide preferences, which can be enabled in the app settings. This will prevent you from seeing any preferences for your home feed, while also allowing you to hide preferences for each of your posts. According to the report, Instagram users will see the test first, the same test will come to users soon.