• Brooke Blurton has come out in support of Instagram's changes. (Instagram)Source: Instagram
Indigenous influencers on Instagram have backed the platform's decision to hide how many 'Likes' a user's post receives.
By
Madeline Hayman-Reber

Source:
NITV News
19 Jul 2019 - 10:57 PM  UPDATED 19 Jul 2019 - 10:58 PM

Brooke Blurton may have shot to fame following her television appearance on 'The Bachelor', reflected by her Instagram profile attracting almost 200 thousand 'Likes', but first and foremost she is a youth worker.

She says the latest changes to Instagram, which prevent users seeing how many likes someone else's photo receives, is a blessing not only for her own mental health, but for all young users today.

Ms Blurton said she hopes the change "stops people from seeking validation from these numbers" from people they don't even know.

"If they've got a certain amount of likes on their photo, then good," Ms Blurton told NITV news.

"But then [users] compare that to other people, and that's the unhealthy bit. Just because [one person has] more doesn't mean that you need to have more."

Ms Burton said the children she works with don't have much access to social platforms and aren't feeling the effects of social media as much as those who do.

"The kids I work with are from quite low socio-economic backgrounds so they don't even have phones ... They understand social media, but they don't really understand the Likes thing," Ms Blurton said.

"But then there are other kids who are so wrapped up in it and post these photos of themselves putting up gang signs and half-naked pics and it's like, that's not going to get Likes and why do you want to get Likes for the wrong reasons."

Fitness coach Jeffrey Morgan has amassed over 6,000 followers and is considered an Instagram 'influencer' by many in the Indigenous community.

Mr Morgan said he fully supported the changes to the platform and hoped they made a difference to the mental health of users.

"Instagram is a great platform for inspiration and motivation. One of the biggest things I've always had a problem with was the counterbalance of how many Likes or views you got on a particular post, creating a system in people's heads around self-esteem," he said.

Mr Morgan said his intentions on the platform is not just to sell products, but rather get mob inspired to become fit and healthy.

"I want to inspire as many people as I can to good health to change and save lives," he said. "So, to me it doesn't matter how many views or how many Likes: I'm going to keep producing content. Whoever Likes it, Likes it.

"I don't jump on and see how many Likes I get. I just jump on and post, and hopefully that touches somebody in a way that helps them."

The changes are on a trial basis in Australia following successful trials in other parts of the world, indicating the social media giant's intention to roll it out permanently.

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