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Technology Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday

00:40  27 september  2019
00:40  27 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Facebook experimenting with hiding likes, report says

Facebook experimenting with hiding likes, report says Another way to help improve users' mental health.

As rumors suggested, Facebook is getting ready to start hiding " Likes " on its site. Starting this Friday , September 27th, the company will begin a test that's going to remove public visibility of Like , reaction and video view counts from people's posts and ads across Facebook . This is going to be happening

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Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday, where the number of reactions, views and likes will be only visible to a post's author. The test will begin in Australia, the social media giant confirmed Thursday, and includes ads.

a drawing of a face: Facebook will begin testing hiding the number of likes, reactions and views posts get. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Facebook will begin testing hiding the number of likes, reactions and views posts get. Angela Lang/CNET a screenshot of a social media post: How the like © 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 Thursday.

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.

There are several types of likes on Facebook . Perhaps Facebook will add more granular privacy controls for likes and you'll be able to hide the fact that you like certain things such as Shi Tzu puppies dressed in 18th-century clothing, but until Facebook adds this feature you are forced to show all your

Facebook might start testing whether it should begin hiding public-facing like counts. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong found code inside Facebook ’s Android app that hides the exact amount of likes

Facebook added it would "gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people's experiences."

Facebook first flagged it might experiment with hiding likes earlier in September, after testing it on Instagram this year. In August, Facebook said the Instagram test was to "remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive" on Instagram, and it was "excited by the early test results."

a close up of a device: Facebook will begin testing hiding the number of likes, reactions and views posts get.© CNET

Facebook will begin testing hiding the number of likes, reactions and views posts get.

As of July, Instagram like counts were hidden in seven countries: Australia, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy and Japan.

Instagram test of hiding 'likes' spreading to US .
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri on Friday said that a test of hiding "likes" at the image and photo sharing social network will spread to the US. "Heads up! We've been testing making likes private on Instagram in a number of countries this year," Mosseri said in a tweet."Heads up! We've been testing making likes private on Instagram in a number of countries this year," Mosseri said in a tweet.

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