I am sure you can just ignore them. Its not like they stand out or anything.
Once they're there, no, they don't stand out.
However, they're not there from the start, instead having a "materialization animation" with an ever so slight delay after the text has shown up which does distract the eye from wherever it was before they started popping up.
They are purposefully low-profile. Would you prefer them at the bottom next to the reply button?
Heck no. Where they are now they have the least chance to be annoying.