Nicki Minaj Quits Instagram in Defense of Independent Artists
Nicki Minaj has quit Instagram in solidarity with independent artists who may be affected by the app's new features.
For select users, Instagram will be testing out the removal of the number of likes on a post. The social media platform will be issuing the test run next week to select users in the United States. The company said that its aim is to better the mental health of its users, according to NBC News.
"I’m not posting on IG after this week cuz they removing the likes," she first posted on Twitter. "Hmmmm what should I get into now? Think of all the time I’ll have with my new life."
"They will replace that too," Minaj wrote referring to businesses' ability to see the number of post clicks and interactions from an advertisement on the platform. "You’ll see. This isn’t about how smaller companies will cope. It’s about WHY the bigger company is doing it. This is why musicians make no money. The labels & streaming services knew what to say to pacify us. They continue to make the REAL MONEY."
"We are so easily pacified," Minaj's last tweet reads. "Harriet would never. Y’all smoking d--k if y’all think labels ain’t pissed about the level of power independent artists now have by way of IG. They all work TOGETHER. Unlike us... settling for crumbs. But memba when I spoke on other s--t b4 it happened?"
There's no way to determine if a specific person's account will be in the test run of the new feature.