We have confirmation from the platform's CEO.
However, the long waiting time has come to an end. Instagram CEO – Adam Mosseri – announced that the first country where public tests of the title novelty will be carried out will be the United States. Until now, a few users of Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand could experience the lack of likes counter. The announcement was presented at the WIRED25 conference.
As stated by the director general of the platform: "This is the last step to making Instagram the safest place on the Internet". It is difficult not to start a discussion with such a statement – especially if we recall numerous scandals with a popular application in the lead role.
WATCH: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announces that the platform will start hiding likes for US audiences starting next week. It's the latest step in Instagram’s quest to become the safest place on the internet. https://t.co/BGkMG57rdk # WIRED25 pic.twitter.com/WNTyAPVhaD
– WIRED (@WIRED) November 9, 2019
It is also worth noting that the likes will not be visible only to people who leave them. If you are the owner of a given profile, information about who clicked the "heart" under your post will not be a secret.
Source: The verge