Instagram to hide "likes"
In order to prevent competition, Instagram is said to decrease the visibility of "like" values. Actually only the content owner would see how many "likes" he/she gets, but not the community. Of course, "likes" would continue to fuel the algorithms, but the intention is to reduce the pressure on "how many likes you get for your post" vs "how many I get for mine". This change is reported effective in Canada (where it was implemented first), Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Ireland and Italy.