Nicki Minaj Vows to Stop Using Instagram
Nicki Minaj has a massive 107 million followers on Instagram. It’s one of the biggest ways she connects with her fanbase, even announcing her marriage using the platform. However, this could all change now that Instagram is changing its policy regarding likes on the platform.
“I’m not posting on IG after this week cuz they removing the likes. Hmmmm what should I get into now? Think of all the time I’ll have with my new life,” Minaj wrote on Twitter.
Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, announced last week that Instagram would begin hiding post likes in the United States. Users will be able to see the number of likes on their own posts, but their followers won’t be able to, meaning you won’t know the number of likes on anyone’s posts but your own. The platform has already tested this approach in other countries including Canada and Australia. The company says it’s an attempt to “depressurize” the platform as peoples’ mental health can often be affected by the number of likes on a photo.
Minaj doesn’t believe this is the real reason behind the company’s policy change.
“This isn’t about how smaller companies will cope. It’s about WHY the bigger company is doing it … They continue to make the REAL MONEY,” she wrote on Twitter. “And who do you think is controlling those numbers? so that influencers can be out here “influencing” ppl to LIKE all the new stuff they bout to do? They gotta get y’all on board to spread the word.”
Instagram doesn’t have an official date the change will take place but they’re planning on it sometime this week. Only time will tell if Minaj actually keeps her word and leaves the platform for good. Honestly though, how can you give up 107 million followers for a reason as small as this?