Kanye West took to Twitter yesterday to voice his frustrations with social media and the negative effects caused by the display of follower counts.
“We should be able to participate in social media without having to show how many followers or likes we have,” he wrote. “Just like how we can turn off the comments we should be able to turn off the display of followers. This has an intense negative impact on our self worth.”
Shortly afterward, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got in touch with West via text, and their exchange was then posted on Instagram by the rapper.
Dorsey wrote that he and his company had been “thinking deeply about the follower and like counts, and what that incentivizes.”
The rapper has had an on-off relationship with social media, deleting and reactivating his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He has been much more active on Twitter over the last few months, though, and recently reactivated his Instagram account.
The YEEZY designer has been using the platforms to share information about his apparel and footwear lines, among other things.
Check out a section of the dialogue between West and Dorsey below.
What are your thoughts on social media and its side effects? Would you want your follower count and likes hidden? Let us know in the comments.
In other news, Kanye goes off on Drake, Nick Cannon, and Tyson Beckford. Find out more here.