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.
Facebook on Tuesday confirmed it is dabbling with no longer making a public display of how many "likes" are racked up by posts.
Such a change could ease pressure to win approval with images, videos or comments and, instead, get people to simply focus on what is in posts.
Facebook-owned Instagram earlier this year announced it was testing hiding like counts and video view tallies in more than a half-dozen countries, with account holders still able to see the numbers but masking amounts from others.
Facebook experimenting with hiding likes, report says
Another way to help improve users' mental health.
"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 has begun hiding likes .
The social media giant is testing hiding the number of likes, reactions and views that posts get. Angela Lang/CNET © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. How the like "count" will appear during the test. Facebook "We are running a limited test where like, reaction and video view counts are made private across Facebook," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement on Sept. 26. Facebook added that it would "gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people's experiences." As of Sept.