Instagram accidentally hid likes for a few hours and everyone freaked out

Instagram mistakenly — and temporarily — hid like counts for a large swathe of users on Tuesday. And people lost their entire minds.

The change came with no warning or explanatory blog post, bucking the custom for such significant changes to an app. Instagram users simply logged on, went to check how many people appreciated their latest brunch snap, and received a rude shock. 

Instead of text revealing the exact number of likes their posts had gained, users were merely told that they was liked by a named account “and others.” This change affected everyone in users’ feeds as well, so they couldn’t see how many likes other people’s Instagram posts got either. Read more…

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