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Technology Facebook is testing hiding like counts to see if that makes people feel better

01:45  27 september  2019
01:45  27 september  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts

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 will begin testing hiding like counts , starting in Australia on September 27th, according to TechCrunch. The test will hide the number of likes on Facebook confirmed earlier this month that it was considering hiding like counts after mobile app researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered the

Facebook might start testing whether it should begin hiding public-facing like counts . While the like has been a key Facebook feature for a decade, users have increasingly complained that it can make them feel bad, as people get caught up worrying about whether their posts get enough likes .

Facebook will begin testing hiding like counts, starting in Australia on September 27th, according to TechCrunch. The test will hide the number of likes on a post, only displaying that a post was liked by “[a friend] and others,” instead of displaying the actual number to the public. The limited test is a gauge of whether the feature can improve users’ sense of well-being, and if the experiment is successful, the test may roll out to more regions.

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“We are running a limited test where like, reaction, and video view counts are made private across Facebook. We will gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people’s experiences,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch.

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.

Instagram will test hiding the like count from photos, and view counts from videos, in an effort to get users to pay attention to the content itself and not their associated engagement metrics, the Facebook -owned app announced Tuesday. In the test , followers won’t see total likes on photos, or

The launch of the hidden Like counts test makes available what we reported Facebook was Facebook ’s goal here is to make people comfortable expressing themselves. It wants users to They found that while chatting with friends and comment threads on Facebook made people feel better

Facebook confirmed earlier this month that it was considering hiding like counts after mobile app researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered the hidden feature buried in the company’s Android app. According to her findings, people will still be able to tap to see the full list of people who liked and reacted to a post (and presumably you manually could count from there), but the like count will no longer be shown on the News Feed. Getting rid of the ability to see the exact number of likes at a glance is a small tweak that could go a long way toward curbing feelings of anxiety and depression linked with social media use.

Instagram began its test of hiding like counts earlier this year in Canada, and expanded the test to more regions when users reported that they actually liked the hidden counts. Of course, the point of these tests is to keep users happy enough to continue using Facebook and Instagram, so if the tests prove successful at keeping people posting and liking, the feature will likely roll out to more countries.

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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