Following an unprecedented move by the US Justice Department on Facebook, Drillimation Systems can say that the liking activity on Instagram has officially returned. Originally, we were supposed to return on January 5, but the Recent tab on all hashtag pages returned on December 10, 2020.
For the entire month of November, Instagram removed the recent tab on all hashtag pages for US users to curb the spread of election misinformation relating to the 2020 US presidential election. The change started on October 30, 2020 and lasted until December 10, 2020, lasting a total of 42 days.
Facebook, the company who owns Instagram, made this decision due to concerns about elevated risks of civil unrest in the US over the presidential election. Facebook took a lot of necessary precautions to help curb election misinformation, including banning political ads just one week before the election. Following criticism of the move, including from Drillimation, the United States Federal Trade Commission accused the social media giant of antitrust violations, citing their acquisitions of Facebook and WhatsApp an example of their malicious business practices.
Yahoo News ranked Facebook as the ninth most hated company in the United States in 2020. Facebook is basically becoming the Electronic Arts of the internet – buying companies and brands only to degrade them. If you hear of your favorite internet company or website being purchased by Facebook, make sure you say your good-byes, as it’s only a matter of time before Zuckerberg forces drastic changes on that company. It appears to be a tradition that Facebook purchases a company, forces changes that they don’t want, and anger their communities. Let’s hope this doesn’t become the case for Ready at Dawn, Facebook’s newest acquisition.
The lack of liking activity also led to Drillimation receiving fewer likes on new posts, and also losing followers as well. Drillimation lost 20 followers over the course of the mute, with their follower count dropping from 895 to 875. With our liking activity back to normal, that number is rising again.