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Social media app Instagram will hide the total number of 'likes' which posts in Ireland receive in a trial to analyse whether users prefer a less competitive social media environment.

Users themselves will be able to see how many 'likes' their own posts get, but not those of other Instagram users' posts.

A spokesman for the app said; “We are testing this because we want followers to focus on the photos and videos shared, not how many likes they get."

They added; “We don’t want Instagram to feel like a competition. We hope to learn whether this change can help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story.”

The company began testing this new feature in Canada in May, emphasising that the focus should be on the photos and videos themselves rather then the numerical results.

The trial is now being extended to Irish users, with the move likely being welcomes by parents and childrens' welfare organisations due to the negative effects on self-esteem associated with Instagram.

Instagram undoubtedly encourages people to portray an idealised version of their lives among their peers, seeking popularity of friends and acquaintances.

A new Canadian study of 3,826 teenagers discovered that social media may be associated with adolescent depression, as young people compare themselves with filtered, unrealistic images of others.

Instagram users will still be shown the number of comments that other users' posts attracts, which could be used as a proxy for popularity.

Instagram has been seen as the least controversial major social media platform, seeing as Facebook's meddling with elections and 'fake news' has gotten them in trouble, as well as YouTube and Twitter's issues with hate speech.

Tara Hopkins, head of public policy, EMEA at Instagram said; “We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves."

She added; “This includes helping people to focus on the photos and videos they share, not how many likes they get.

"We are now rolling the test out to more countries so we learn more from our global community and see how this can benefit people's experiences on Instagram.”

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Pink has fiercely defended her children running through Berlin's Holocaust Memorial after she was criticised online for supposedly disrespecting the museum.

The Walk Me Home singer took to Instagram last night to share an image of her eight-year-old daughter Willow and two-year-old Jameson at the famous and eye-opening Memorial, and was faced with a barrage of angry replies.

Pink explained in her caption why it's important for her to capture her kids experiencing the famous landmark, despite others online thinking it was inappropriate parenting.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She wrote; "Berlin, I love you. #holocaustmemorial #panamarestaurant #cocktailclasses #history #herstory #worldtour."

The singer emphasised the fact that she's Jewish herself; "And for all of the comments; these two children are in actuality Jewish, as am I and the entirety of my mothers family."

"The very person who constructed this believed in children being children, and to me this is a celebration of life after death. Please keep your hatred and judgement to yourselves."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Back in 2017, The American architect who designed Berlin's Holocaust Memorial spoke out about how certain visitors treat the space;

"People have been jumping around on those pillars forever. They've been sunbathing, they've been having lunch there and I think that’s fine," Peter Eisenman said to the BBC.

"A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground." At the end of the day, the Berlin memorial has become a huge part of the city's lifestyle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pink has been to Holocaust Memorial before with her daughter, explaining in an interview with Reese Witherspoon how the experience was a massive learning lesson for Willow.

The youngster discovered that her grandmother was Jewish; "We went to Budapest, and we went to Berlin, and the Holocaust memorial. This could have been us," Pink said.

When Pink asked her daughter what her favourite city was, she replied;

"I think it was Berlin, because there was a wall and people were separated, and there was a war and people were killed, and now everybody's together and there's no more wall and there’s no more war and that means everything that’s bad can be good again."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pink reminisced on the moment, saying; "And I'm just listening to her and I’m like, 'You're amazing and you’re totally right: Everything that’s bad can be good again.'".

The legendary singer has taken on "the parenting police" on multiple occasions, and is well able to tackle the criticism.

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Jessica Hayes and her fiance Dan Lawry have become parents. 

The Love Island series one winner has given birth a baby boy and announced the happy news on Instagram. 

The 26-year-old posted a snap of the newborns tiny hands and wrote that she had named him Presley James.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned it, ''Welcome to the world Presley James Lawry June 27, 6lbs 11. You are so perfect in every way I can’t even describe the way I’m feeling right now and you really didn’t want to wait around 12 days early.''

She continued, ''My waters broke yesterday and you were literally here within 3 hours I didn’t think we were going to make it to the hospital so close to having you in the car but we made it to a room and out you came no pain relief for mumma."

Her fans were delighted for her and took to the comments to express their well wishes. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One said, ''Congratulations so happy for you both you will be amazing parents.''

While another wrote, ''So proud of you girl, can’t wait to have a little snuggle with babe Pres. The most beautiful little family! I love you all.''

Huge congratulations to the pair – we hope you enjoy every minute with your bundle of joy. 

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Amy Huberman has just made an Irish Mammy's day.

The actor was out and about in New York when another Irish mam, Yvonne Duffy, commented on her Instagram post. 

She said that her son Sean was on his J1 there and if she saw him could he tell him to Facetime her more.

And guess what!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amy and Seán arranged to meet up and took snap to send to his worrying mother at home in Ireland.

Amy took to Instagram to upload the picture, captioning it, ''A lovely lady called Yvonne left a comment yesterday to say if I bumped into her son Sean in New York on his J1 to tell him to FaceTime his Ma more! He saw it & messaged me and we arranged our coordinates just now to FaceTime home to his Ma.''

She continued, ''Jaysus the world is tiny and Yvonne he’s grand and washing behind his ears! Gowan the Irish sons!''

Yvonne was delighted and commented, ''Well this brightened up a VERY wet n dreary Sunday "summer" afternoon in our house! Hilarious! Thank you so much, it really was a fantastic surprise to be face timed by you… you're a fantastic sport for doing this…''

How amazing is that?

Amy's followers thought so too.

One said, ''Mammies looking out for each other. Fair play to you Amy.''

While another wrote, ''Awww Amy you are brilliant! Fairplay to you.''

We just love this – well done Amy for helping out a fellow Irish mammy – we can imagine our doing exactly the same…

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Holly Hagan is going to be a wife – and she is shouting it from the rooftops.

The former Geordie Shore star has taken to Instagram to announce that her boyfriend Jacob Blyth proposed – and she said yes.

The 27-year-old has been in a relationship with Jacob for two years, since meeting him on holiday in Ibiza.

The pair went back to the same place and that's where the Barrow football forward got down on one knee.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Holly posted a snap of the happy couple and the video of Jacob asking her to marry him. 

We genuinely cried tears of happiness for her when we watched the clip.

She captioned it, ''IM GUNNA BE A WIFE. I can’t believe I’m actually writing this, or that we and everybody else managed to keep it a secret for the last couple of weeks. But on our second anniversary on the island where we first met, the love of my life asked me to be his WIFE!!''

She continued, ''I was honestly in shock, I believed for such a long time that I didn’t deserve to be loved, But I was so wrong. Jacob is everything I was told I didn’t deserve and more. His mental strength is something I’ve never seen in any person on earth, and he’s obviously a fucking 10!!''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She added, ''Thank you for accepting every single part of me, past, present and now future. Thank you for seeing how fucking fabulous I actually am and for telling me every single day. And thank you for making me the happiest girl in the world, I didn’t think it was possible to love you any more than I already did but Jesus this feeling is overwhelming!''

She also said, ''I'm going to spend my life making you the happiest man on earth because you deserve nothing less. I never believed in happy endings but I guess I got mine. I cannot wait to be your wife.''

Her fans went wild with happiness for the TV star. 

One said, ''HOLLY!!!! Congratulations I’m so happy for you.''

While another wrote, ''I don’t think anyone else quite deserves the happiness I’m sure you’re feeling right now hol. A roller-coaster you thought you’d never get off until you met @blythy9. All the best to you both and the most love from an old friend.''

We're delighted for her and we can't WAIT to see the hens and wedding because we just know it's gonna be a proper Geordie Shore reunion. 

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Nadia Forde is a married woman.

The model and actor wed her Welsh rugby partner Dominic Day in Puglia in Italy.

The 30-year-old chose that lace as a tribute to her late mother, as it was her native region.

The I'm A Celebrity star wore a beautiful dress by designer Oscar de La Renta.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It was lace and she had the most gorgeous long veil – it's the bridal gown of dreams

Her mum, Berenice Paolozzi, passed away in June 2015 after a battle with lymphoma.

Nadia worked with de La Renta to restore her mother's christening gown from the 1960s so her eight-month-old baby girl Wyatt can wear it to the nuptials. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nadia and Dominic, who got engaged in New York in 2018, invited all of their friends and family to celebrate their big day with them.

After Nadia posted some snaps to Instagram of her on the special day, her followers were quick to say how she glowed as a bride.

One said, ''STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL Nadia. congratulations.''

While another wrote, ''Biggest congratulations Nadia absolutely beautiful.''

Huge congrats to the couple – we are so jel of their fab wedding. 

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As the dull overcast sky follow us all the way into work, our Instagram can reveal beautiful, sunny places.

Travel bloggers pout and strike a pose in front of the most world's most exotic and luxury locations.

But just how much do they get paid for taking the vacay? Well, get ready to be sick. 

A recent report by Hopper reveals exactly how much the globe's most well travelled grammers make per Instagram post – and we are only a tad bitter about the cash they rake in for taking a holiday *sigh*. 

1. Garret and Jessica Gee @thebucketlistfamily 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 1.4 million Earnings per post: $23,000

It's a family affair taking top spot. Yes, The Bucket Family have rocketed their way to Instagram and Youtube fame when they sold off all their valuables and took to globe trotting for three years.

Now back in Hawaii, it'll be interesting to see what the family will get up to next and if they can keep their number one position in 2019.

2. Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 4.5 million Earnings per post: $9,250

Paul's feed is every animal lovers DREAM.

Filled with spectacular images of some of the globes rarest animals, it's easy to see why Paul is in high demand and can afford to charge so much.

3. Chris Burkard @chrisburkard

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 3.1 million Earnings per post: $8,800

Get ready to be blown away by the landscape shots Chris has taken.

His impressive content has earned him a place at number three, allowing him to add a neat price tag onto his ads.

4. Jack Morris @doyoutravel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 2.8 million Earnings per post: $8,250

Jack's Instagram is one of goals, his snaps capture him lounging by crystal blue seas or coasting around the world with his partner.

It's no wonder he able to keep up this type of lifestyle as advertisers fork out a pretty penny to be featured on his gram.

5. Lauren Bullen @gypsea_lust

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 2.1 million Earnings per post: $6,000

Animals, beaches and festivals. Lauren's feed has it all and it's not a surprise that advertisers will shell out for a post.

Her photographs look effortless and her all round tan is a clear mark that this gal enjoys warmer weather. 

6. Alex Strohl @alexstrohl

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 2 million Earnings per post: $5,750

Discover the world's hidden corners with Alex. 

The Instagram star captures the illusive side of life and he isn't afraid to investigate caves or jungles.

7. Leonie Hanne @leoniehanne

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 1.8 million Earnings per post: $5,000

Not only are Leonie's travel posts on point, her fashion is too.

This gal seems to have every element down of what it takes to get that perfect Insta photo.

8. Louis Cole @funforlouis

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 1.4 million Earnings per post: $4,000

A familiar face to many, Louis took Insta by storm with his adventures, so we aren't one bit surprised to see him on the list.

His iconic hair paired with his wild side, makes him an instant hit on the social media platform.

9. Hannes Becker @hannesbecker

 
 
 
 
 

Followers: 1.3 million Earnings per post: $3,600

Fall in love with Hannes' gorgeously themed Insta, we are seriously in awe!

Through a lens, he manages to still-frame nature at its finest.

10. Tara Milk Tea @taramilktea

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Followers: 1.1 million Earnings per post: $3,000

Finally, last but not least, we have Tara's page. Her Insta is bursting with vivid colours.

This gal knows how to stand out from the crowd and add some flare to your feed.

There you have it, now you know what your fav travel Insta stars are making when you see #ad.

If their feeds aren't enough to give you the travel bug, we don't know what will.

Excuse us, we are now off to scout for some cheap flights.

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Cecelia Ahern is set to become a mum again. 

The Irish author took to Instagram to announce the wonderful news.

She is already mum to nine-year-old Robin and six-year-old Sonny with her husband David Keoghan. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She posted a selection of gorgeous snaps with David, who was holding her stomach.

The 37-year-old wrote, ''Royal Ascot!'' and then posted another snap of her and her stylishly-dressed bump.

She captioned it, ''Even the constant rain couldn’t dampen our fun at Royal Ascot! So much fun with friends.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her fans were delighted with the happy news.

One said, ''Brilliant shots!!! Absolutely delighted for you both too.''

While another wrote, ''This is adorable! Hugest congratulations beauty.''

Huge congratulations to the pair.  

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Amber Rose is getting massive backlash from fans after she advertised weight-loss tea while she's pregnant.

The 35-year-old is expecting her first baby with husband AE – aka Alexander Edwards.

She is already mum to six-year-old Sebastian with ex, Wiz Khalifa.

The model took to Instagram to promote Flat Tummy Tea.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She wrote, ''Okay listen up @flattummyco just launched an Organic Pregnancy Tea to help us moms with those bloated, nauseous, blah feeling days! It’s safe to take while pregnant and breastfeeding.''

She continued, ''This is not a detox tea – it’s specially designed to help reduce occasional nausea and support digestion during pregnancy – haters stop riding the bandwagon and think for yourselves.''

However, her fans were outraged at her advocating detox tea during pregnancy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One said, ''Come now amber I respect you and all that but I doubt this stuff good for a pregnant woman to take.''

While another wrote, ''Another shameless ad for "magic tea" perpetuating the need to have a flat tummy… Now aimed at pregnant women! Ily. You're supposed to be a feminist. You have enough money. Seriously just stop.''

Jameela Jamil also took to social media to give her opinion.

She said, ''FLAT TUMMY PRODUCTS FOR… PREGNANT WOMEN? Is this FDA approved? Are we… KIDDING?''

What do you think?

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Bar Refaeli is going to be a mum again.

The Israeli model took to Instagram to announce the happy news.

Sje posted a video alongside her friend and Eurovision 2019 presenter Assi Azar.

She revealed  in her native Arabic, ''I am pregnant.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bar is already mum to two-year-old Liv and one-year-old Elle with her husband Adi Ezra. 

The 34-year-old also dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio for six years before they split in 2011.

In the video, Assi said, ''Wasn't she just pregnant a second ago? I'm so happy for her – if it's true. She looks a little pregnant, she does. Why does she need three kids anyway?''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bar has opened motherhood before, and she spoke to Hello! Fashion Monthly that she wanted a big family.

She said, ''I think this will be a decade of family…I come from a family of four children.''

She continued, ''A lot of mums could read this and think, "Yeah, try having one first". Hopefully, I’ll have a big family, but I'll take it one by one.''

Huge congratulations to Bra – we wish her all the bets with her pregnancy. 

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Emma McVey and Gaz Beadle made the happy announcement that they are expecting their second baby.

The couple are already parents to son Chester, who they welcomed in January 2018.

Emma has now posted a bump update on Instagram, showing off her amazing figure as she holds Chester. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She wrote, ''This was my 12-week bump update – no not much of a bump yet but definitely a little more round, and I’m sure I’ll pop a lot earlier second time around!''

She continued, ''I really regretted not documenting my bump in my pregnancy with Chester, more because I just couldn’t be bothered with the grief I got for being so small (crazy when you look at the size of him now )."

Emma was slammed by trolls during her first pregnancy, who said that her bump was too small and that she was too skinny.

The 26-year-old has now come out and said that she will not be bothered by the nasty comments this time. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued, ''I really regretted not documenting my bump in my pregnancy with Chester, more because I just couldn’t be bothered with the grief I got for being so small (crazy when you look at the size of him now).''

She added, ''But I’ve decided no matter what size bump I have this time I’ll definitely be taking photos to look back on! ''

Her fans were quick to write messages of support.

One said, ''Don't listen to any small minded people regarding ur bump..everyone woman carries different…enjoy every single moment..can't wait to see your bump updates.''

While another wrote, ''Absolutely document it! You’ll love looking back. Don’t listen to any haters.''

We think she looks beautiful and we wish her all the best her pregnancy. 

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While us mere mortals struggle to scrimp together our pennies for our holidays,  it seems that others don't think like the rest of us.

A husband and wife who run an Instagram account together ruffled a few feathers by announced that they want their followers to fork out and fund their trip. 

The couple, Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt have set up a GoFundMe (yes, really) to raise enough cash for a cycle from Germany to Africa.

Their reason?

It's to help others with their mental health issues.

Confused?

You're not the only one.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple is looking for 10 grand to cover bikes, accommodation, food, sim cards, insurance, and emergencies.

Catalin lives with his mum, who works two jobs to support him – and people are  p*ssed off with them asking other working people to pay for them to travel.

Their response to getting a job?

They said, ''Some will just tell us to get jobs, like everyone else and stop begging. But when you have the impact we do on others’ life, getting a job is not an option. We could model and make fast money, but we don’t want to advertise consumerism. A normal job at this point would be detrimental.'' 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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People have come out in force to slam the pair.

One said, ''Your mum works two jobs to pay for your trip, don’t you think that’s impacting her mental health? It’s sad this isn’t all a joke, the self-importance you have is ridiculous.''

While another wrote, ''You guys are doing literally f*ck all for anyone’s mental health other than feeding your own narcissim.''

What do you guys think – are they delusional or helping people?

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