Technology Facebook is hiding Likes in Australia to keep people from feeling bad
Facebook experimenting with hiding likes, report says
Another way to help improve users' mental health.
Almost from the start, "likes" on social media were associated with popularity.
The more you received on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the more you valued yourself. The fewer likes people get, the more they
That's why Facebook is trying something new – hiding likes.
Thursday, the social networking behemoth said it's testing a feature in Australia that hides the like counter on the Timeline and News Feed.
The person who posts the content can still see how many people engaged with it, giving it a thumbs up. However, the counter is hidden from public view, so friends and followers can't see how many people gave a like. They could still see comments.
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.
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Facebook told The New York Times it had not decided whether to roll out the test beyond Australia.
“We will gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people’s experiences,” a Facebook spokesman told the Times. He said Facebook wants to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves.
Instagram, which Facebook owns, was the first to publicly deploy a similar like-hiding strategy. Instagram is testing nonvisible likes in seven countries, including Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.
Facebook will test hiding ‘Likes’ on its own site
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 only in Australia, though, and Facebook told Engadget it has not decided whether the test will expand to other places in the future. Facebook said it wants to get some initial results from Australia, before deciding which steps to take next.
"We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get," Instagram told its users.
According to, not getting many likes is like rejection in digital form. Among younger users on Instagram, to see who can get the most likes.
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France is world champion hide-and-seek!
Get out the champagne, it's a French team that won the world championship of hide and seek organized last weekend in Italy. Do not laugh, it's very serious, it will soon be an Olympic discipline.
Already, we had the good fortune to learn that. Even better: the 2016 edition, organized at , a ghost city in Italy, was won by French!
We quickly brief those who missed this important and essential information: on the 3rd and 4th of September, the 7th edition of the X-mas Championship of the world of hide and seek, the
We would be almost tempted to add an 11th gold medal to the 10 already won at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The French shone in the art of hiding and escaping the "catchers", American football players in full outfit and ready to prevent anyone from approaching the finish point (a large colored mattress).
Thetook the competition seriously. , Gauthier, one of the five members of the team, explains that the tricolores took advantage of their late passage to "watch the first matches very carefully." "The tactic is to find the right moment, when the 'catcher' has his back turned, to go towards the mattress."
The hide and seek seems to be a French know-how, since another tricolor team took the third place. Cold blood, discretion, speed, agility ... We can not say that hide and seek is not a sport.
So we really look forward to the discipline integrating the Olympics, so that France can dominate in a new sport. Japanese university professor Yasuo Hazaki is also actively campaigning for theOlympics in 2020.
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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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