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Do you like this? How Instagram hiding likes could impact your social media use

Instagram is going to start hiding likes for Canadian users as part of a pilot project. (Kate Bueckert/CBC) Beautiful watercolours and oils with the odd sprinkling of family photos and inspirational quotes — Stephanie Fehrenbach’s Instagram account is all things beautiful. With 23 thousand followers, the Waterloo, Ont., mother and artist uses the social media platform to connect with potential customers, aspiring painters and other artists. She’ll often get hundreds of likes on her photos, but with changes to Instagram , her followers won’t be able to see just how many likes she has now. Instagram is hiding "likes" on photos for some users in Canada as part of a pilot project. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, announced the change this week during F8, a Facebook developer conference. "The owner can see how many people liked their photo, but only if they ask," Mosseri said during the keynote address, which was streamed on Facebook. "It’s because we want people to worry a little bit less about how many likes they’re getting on Instagram and spend a bit more time connecting with the people they care about." Right now, Fehrenbach says she likes the idea. Sometimes when she posts […]

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