It’s true, we love a Cardi B rant. In January, the award-winning artist took to Instagram to share her disgust with the highly-publicised government shutdown and now, she has returned to speak on another societal issue – cyber bullying.
Earlier this year, Instagram begun to roll out its experiment of hiding likes from other users in a bid to take out the “competition” of posting. Canada was one of the first regions to experience the controversial change, with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Italy and Brazil also subject to the experiment. Yesterday it was announced that the US would see the update this week, with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri explaining the move aims to “de-pressurise Instagram” to “give people more space to connect.” Cardi B, however, disagrees.
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
The ‘Bodak Yellow’ star believes it was a missed opportunity for Instagram and that the bigger issue is its commenting platform.
“It’s a big ruckus right now that the likes on Instagram are getting taken away,” she said in her Friday night post. “So from the beginning of Instagram, we had likes. And I feel like in the beginning of Instagram, everything was so fun, people wanted to post their pictures, get likes… where I think that Instagram got a little nasty, and it just took a weird turn, was when people started to like the comments, when they were allowed to like comments or reply back to somebody’s comments.”
For the artist, she goes on to explain that the tool is simply used by trolls to gain a reaction or to spark a fight in the comment section – something Cardi has most likely been subject to in the past.
“That’s when I feel like when people started sayin’ nasty things … somebody would just say something so vile because … they want comments back,” she explained. “I see a lot of people dedicate they time into sayin’ some of the craziest, most absurd shit on comments, just for likes and comments back. And I feel like that’s what’s messing up Instagram.”
I don’t know about you, but she has an excellent point. Check it out below and stay tuned for the carnage that follows from hiding likes in the US.