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When discussing Instagram, likes and followers immediately come to the forefront. The photo and video sharing platform seems to have evolved into more of a popularity contest amongst its users.

Well, viewing likes may be a complete thing of the past as the tech giant is testing the removal of the publicly viewable like feature in the United States as early as next week.

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The removal of the public like feature has been tested by Instagram already in places like Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and Canada.

The like feature won’t be removed entirely either. Users will still be able to see how many likes their own pictures received, but that metric will not be displayed to the public.

“It’s about young people,” Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said during a chat hosted by Wired.  “The idea is to try and depressurize Instagram, make it less of a competition, give people more space to focus on connecting with the people that they love, things that inspire them.”

Only a limited number of accounts will be affected by the initial test rollout; which we can expect by next week. Check out how blink-182 founder Mark Hoppus and some other people are reacting below.

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Well, how do you feel about the removal of the public to view your likes? Tell us below.

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