When Instagram proclaimed it’d be removing ‘like’ counts from the main feed, the online world was divided.
Gone was the constant comparing of how popular your posts were – and whereas that may have created the user experience more positive, many digital marketers weren’t impressed with the move.
One influencer whose opinion had the complete country talking was Mikaela Testa – who went viral once she shared a video of her crying over the social platform.
But Mikaela says she’s been misinterpreted – and currently desires to set the record straight.
“The video of me crying was created as a result of bullying and hateful messages I used to be receiving from the initial Facebook post that I wrote,” Testa said.
“I’m obtaining tons of troll comments on all of my posts, and it’s simply overwhelming.
“All this media attention has me obtaining plenty more hate comments, however I’m simply attempting to not let it get to me.”
‘Instagram is a real job’
In the now-deleted Facebook post, Mikaela said the changes were “sad” for people who “have Instagram as a job”.
“Regardless of what you may assume, Instagram is a REAL job and people within the business have worked laborious to get where they’re at,” Testa wrote on Facebook.
“It’s people who aren’t even in the business that assume it’s a f***ing joke. It’s not, it’s real harm out here. I’ve put my blood, sweat and tears into this for it to be ripped away, it’s not simply me suffering too, it’s every brand and business I do know.”
“It’s all I do – it’s my job and the way I make my cash. It’s how I eat, sleep, and the way I do everything throughout the day. It’s what I live off, basically,” Testa told The Morning Show.
“I was honestly a little bit afraid (about Instagram’s changes) – for myself and for my friends who are within the business, and for brands likewise.”
Not concerning mental state.
Mikaela stands by her belief that Instagram solely implemented the changes to likes to punish influencers.
“I don’t believe Instagram has removed the likes for mental state,” Testa said.
“I honestly believe that Instagram has simply removed them to stray brands off from using influencers.
“Instagram is a huge advertising market all over the globe for influencers and brands, and i assume Instagram is fed up influencers making cash off that, and Instagram would like to take that from them.”