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How to Hide Likes or Views on Instagram? Know About the New Feature

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The popular Meta-owned platform, Instagram, lets people share videos, images, and reels. Earlier this year, Instagram rolled out a feature that lets users hide likes and views on their posts and others’ posts.

How to hide views and likes?

It is quite easy to hide views and likes on posts by others. To do so:

  • Go to your Instagram profile
  • Click on the vertical ellipsis and go to ‘Settings’
  • Head to ‘Privacy’
  • Select ‘Posts’
  • Turn on the ‘Hide like and view counts’ option

Once you do so, you will not be able to see the likes and views on other people’s posts.

To hide views and likes on your posts, just do the following:

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  • When you are about to share a post, click on ‘Advanced Settings’ at the bottom
  • Click on the ‘Hide like and view counts on this post’ option

How to Hide Like and View Counts on Instagram Posts - MacRumors

If you want to hide the likes and views on a post already shared, you need to:

  • Click on the post
  • Tap on the three horizontal dots on the top right of the post
  • Choose ‘Hide like count’

Introduction and criticization of the new feature

In the meantime, privacy and legal experts in India vehemently criticized Instagram’s new feature that asks for documents for age verification. On Thursday, Meta expanded the trial for verifying the age of Instagram users to Brazil and India. Only users in the USA needed to do this till now.

There are three ways that users can verify their age- recording a selfie video, uploading their ID, or requesting a friend to verify. This feature is only applicable to users under 18 years of age when they update their date of birth.

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Why the new feature is worrisome?

A concerned Supreme Court lawyer and founder of Cyber Saathi, N.S. Nappinai said, “Verified accounts may be a safety net but to require social media users to submit identity cards which contain not just personal but sensitive personal information is certainly not a welcome move. More so when there are clear lacunae in law with respect to the security of such data.”

Let us know in the comments section below about your opinion about the new feature.

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