For a few, brief hours on Wednesday, July 16, Instagram likes counts returned to some Canadian accounts.
The abrupt shift back to displaying a number showing how many accounts had liked any given post came back with no official announcement from the social media company, taking place two and a half months after the counts were removed in what Instagram stated was a nation-wide test back in May.
- This is what Instagram looks like without 'likes' in Canada
- It appears that the likes count is back for Canadian Instagram accounts
Luckily enough for the Canadian Instagrammers who noticed the shift on Wednesday (and were quite vocal about their dismay), Instagram has confirmed with Daily Hive that the brief switch was merely a technical error.
The test will continue on in Canada with no set timeline for when it will end (if ever), though the company noted that they are excited by the early results they are seeing.
If the reaction from Canadians users on Twitter is anything to go off of, the news of the test continuing may well be a blessing to Instagrammers across the country:
instagram canada brought back the number of likes on a post, and ngl i prefer not being able to see them. i’m extremely self-conscious and seeing those numbers discourage me from using the app.
— lauren ✨ |39| (@bohemiancolfer) July 16, 2019
Instagram changed back to showing number of likes and honestly I’m not a fan.
— pri-tea-ka. (@prxtsc) July 16, 2019
lol so the number of likes are showing up on instagram canada again. so much for that … 🤷🏽♀️
— Alex Wolf (@alexwolfco) July 16, 2019
So hiding likes didn’t work out did it @instagram
— みどり (@mmaxinelucille) July 16, 2019
Well Instagram put the likes back up for you people who depended on that
— Pax (@DPaxMusic) July 16, 2019
Hey @instagram Go back to not showing the amount of likes. It was a step in the right direction towards making social media a less toxic place
— tonystarkradio (@tonystarkradio) July 16, 2019