Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts
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. © Provided by Oath Inc.
(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. is considering a test to stop showing the number of “likes” that posts get in an effort to reduce the competitive pressure of social media.
Only the person who posted something would be able to see their like count, but everyone else would not, according to Jane Manchun Wong, the security researcher who uncovered the project. That’s the same way the test works on Instagram, the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook. Instagram’s like-hiding test, which started in Canada earlier this year, is now running in seven countries.
Facebook confirmed the researcher’s discovery, but said it is too early to say whether it will test the idea widely.
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Facebook is hiding Likes in Australia to keep people from feeling bad .
Some Facebook users may no longer see the number of Likes they get.The more you received on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the more you valued yourself. The fewer likes people get, the more they start to question their self-worth.