A social media 'influencer' who went on an extraordinary rant slamming Instagram's 'like' ban has been told to 'get a real job' by people unsympathetic to her plight.
Mikaela Testa, from Melbourne, made headlines when she spoke out about Instagram's controversial decision, which the platform said could improve the mental health of its user.
The 19-year-old's message was met with little sympathy, with many mocking her for choosing the life of an influencer - with one telling her: 'Welcome to the real world'.
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Mikaela Testa, from Melbourne , made headlines when she spoke out about Instagram's decision to remove 'likes' on the platform in a bid to improve user's mental health
'What's entertaining is that [she] actually thinks taking selfies 24-7 is a "job",' one person commented.
'Perhaps get off social media and talk to your parents or a trusted adult for some career advice,' another said.
'How could you say getting likes on Instagram is a proper job,' a third said.
Many also rushed in to defend Ms Testa and her chosen career path.
One said: 'I can’t even read the comments they are so f***ing disgusting.'
Another wrote: 'Some people are honestly so pathetic.'
The 19-year-old's message was met with little sympathy, and many users began mocking her for her outburst and choosing the life of an influencer
Ms Testa told Daily Mail Australia the people commenting negatively about her don't know anything about her.
'People forget I’m human, they find it easier to say horrible things through a screen rather than in person,' she said.
'These people don’t know me, they know of me. I wouldn’t wish any of this on anyone. I’m entitled to my opinion.
'That doesn’t mean the whole country has to attack me because they disagree.'
Instagram's changes announced last week have impacted Australian users and seen some influencers outraged as users won't be able to see how many 'likes' a post has a received.
'What a delusional world you live in...how could you say getting likes on Instagram is a proper job,' one person said
'If you think this is OK you can f*** off, it's actually a sad day for those who have Instagram as a job,' Ms Testa said in a expletive-ridden Facebook post.
Ms Testa, who has two Instagram profiles with about 50,000 followers between them, said the application wasn't removing the likes for mental health reasons, as Instagram stated, but to control engagement.
'Regardless of what you may think Instagram is a REAL job and those in the industry have worked hard to get where they're at. It's people that aren't even in the industry that think it's a f***ing joke. It's not, it's real damage out here.'
She said she has put her 'blood, sweat and tears' into her online presence and 'every