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.

What To Read Next

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.