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TechnologyNow Facebook says it may remove Like counts

19:35  02 september  2019
19:35  02 september  2019 Source:   techcrunch.com

Facebook might start hiding 'Like' counts for posts

Facebook might start hiding 'Like' counts for posts Facebook on Tuesday confirmed it is dabbling with no longer making a public display of how many "likes" are racked up by posts. "We are considering hiding like counts from Facebook," a spokesman for the leading social network told AFP on Tuesday. Twitter has also experimented with hiding numbers of times tweets were "liked" or "retweeted," according to product lead Kayvon Beykpour. Twitter found that people engaged less with tweets when they couldn't see the counts. "When you remove engagement indicators, people engage less," Beykpour said while briefing journalists at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco last month.

Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users’ from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship. When we asked Facebook , the company confirmed to TechCrunch that it ’s considering testing removal of Like counts . However it ’s not live for users yet.

I know that tampering with their widget isn't allowed but how do sites like these hide their like counts and it doesn't seem like the widget has been edited.

Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users’ from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship. Instagram is already testing this in 7 countries including Canada and Brazil, showing a post’s audience just a few names of mutual friends who’ve Liked it instead of the total number. The idea is to prevent users from destructively comparing themselves to others and potentially feeing inadequate if their posts don’t get as many Likes. It could also stop users from deleting posts they think aren’t getting enough Likes or not sharing in the first place.

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Facebook prototypes hiding like counts [via Jane Manchun Wong]

Daily Crunch: Facebook might remove Like counts

Daily Crunch: Facebook might remove Like counts The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch's roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you'd like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts Instagram is already testing something similar in seven countries, including Canada and Brazil. Instead of showing the total number of Likes for a post, it displays the names of just a few mutual friends who have Liked it. Jane Manchun Wong spotted Facebook prototyping the hidden Like counts in its Android app.

Facebook is deleting inactive likers from pages beginning March 12. If you don’t want to be removed from our page, do engage with us through likes It ’s true that Facebook plans to delete the likes of inactive users from business pages, but the social network has explained the action is unlikely to

Facebook is changing the way it counts Likes , the company announced on Thursday. " It ’s important to remember, though, that these removed likes represent people who were already inactive on Facebook ." The changes may prove beneficial for businesses with Facebook Pages.

Reverse engineering master Jane Manchun Wong spotted Facebook prototyping the hidden Like counts in its Android app. When we asked Facebook, the company confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s considering testing removal of Like counts. However it’s not live for users yet. Facebook declined to share results from the Instagram Like hiding tests, its exact motives, or any schedule for starting testing. If it does decide to go ahead with a test, Facebook would likely do so gradually and pull back if it significantly hurts usage or ad revenue.

Still, the prototype might indicate positive results from hiding Like tallies in Instagram, which we first reported in April after it was spotted by Wong there as well. After beginning testing in Canada later that month. Instagram added Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, and Japan to the test in July. There, a post’s author can still see the Like total, but everyone else can’t. The expansion of that Instagram test and Facebook potentially trying it in its own app signals that it might have positive or negligible impacts on sharing while aiding mental health, or at least be worth a slight drop in engagement.

Facebook says it might start hiding like counts in a desperate bid to keep users happy

Facebook says it might start hiding like counts in a desperate bid to keep users happy The symbol most closely associated with the largest social network in the world, other than that of the app that launches it on mobile devices, is a thumbs-up that designates a "like." It's a universally recognized sign of approval for Facebook posts which has been so integral to the service's experience pretty much since its inception, for both good and ill. As time as gone on, more attention has been paid to the effect that chasing likes and addiction to social media has on peoples’ health, which is why Facebook-owned Instagram has been experimenting with hiding like counts on posts from everyone but the user.

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Sorry , You can’t remove someone’s likes from your Facebook posts. Anyone who can see a photo or other post can like or comment on it . You can’t, and Facebook has said they have no plans to provide a way to do it . If you want to prevent other people from seeing those likes you want to hide

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Instagram is already testing hiding Like counts and Facebook may soon do the same.

Facebook has gradually been relegated to the place for sharing showy life events like marriages or new jobs while Instagram and Snapchat take over for day-to-day sharing. The problem is that people have so many fewer of those big moments, and the large Like counts they attract can make other users self-conscious of their of own lives and content. That’s all problematic for Facebook’s ad views. Facebook wants to avoid scenarios such as “Look how many Likes they get. My life is lame in comparison” or “why even share if it’s not going to get as many Likes as her post and people will think I’m unpopular”.

Removing Like counts could put less pressure on users and encourage them to share more freely and frequently, as I wrote in 2017. It could also obscure Facebook’s own potential decline in popularity as users switch to other apps. Posts not getting as many Likes as they used to could hasten the exodus.

What we know about the small change to Facebook's slogan.
Facebook's slogan in the signup section for users to create an account got rid of the phrase "It's free and always will be."

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