Instagram has made a big change on the social media platform, and some Instagram users are not happy about it— particularly two famous ones.
On Friday, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced that the company is going to start hiding “likes” on the app, as part of a larger goal to make the platform healthier and less stressful for those who use it.
While there are many who have applauded the move, don’t count Nicki Minaj and Cardi B among them, and the rappers each took to social media to share their gripes.
In a tweet she issued on Saturday, Minaj insisted she wouldn’t be posting anything on Instagram for the next week “cuz they removing the likes,” jokingly adding, “Think of all the time I’ll have with my new life.”
Cardi B, on the other hand, isn’t abandoning IG, but instead shared a post on the platform, getting a bit more rhetorical.
“This is just my opinion,” she wrote. “I mean what makes you feel more insecure getting no likes or people constantly giving opinions about you, your life and topics?🤔what you think IG should do?”
In an accompanying video, she shared her belief that it’s not the “likes” that are the problem, but the platform’s comments that require a major overhaul.
“It’s a big ruckus right now that the likes on Instagram are getting taken away,” she began. “I feel like in the beginning of Instagram, everything was so fun, people wanted to post their pictures, get likes… it just took a weird turn, was when people started to like the comments, when they were allowed to like comments or reply back to somebody’s comments.”
She continued: “If anything is affecting Instagram right now, it’s the way the comments have been done or have been changing these past few years,” she added “I feel people been saying the most weirdest s**t, been starting the craziest arguments, been starting to race bait… because they want to get to the top, they want to get the most reactions. And that’s what I feel. The comments affect more than the likes.”
Speaking with Bloomberg on Friday, Mosseri explained Instagram’s intent behind keeping the likes hidden.
“What we’re hoping to do is depressurize Instagram a little bit, and make it a bit less of a competition,” he said. “The idea is to try and reduce anxiety and social comparisons, specifically with an eye towards young people.”