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Technology Facebook is hiding Likes in Australia to keep people from feeling bad

21:45  27 september  2019
21:45  27 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.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.

That 's why Facebook is trying something new – hiding likes . Thursday, the social networking behemoth said it's testing a feature in Australia 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

Facebook will begin testing hiding like counts, starting in Australia on September 27th, according to TechCrunch. The test will hide the number of likes 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

Almost from the start, "likes" on social media were associated with popularity.

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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.

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 Considers Hiding the ‘Like’ Totals on Users’ Posts

Facebook Considers Hiding the ‘Like’ Totals on Users’ Posts 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.

In an attempt to curb social media-induced mental health issues, Facebook is now trialling the removal of likes , displaying that a post was liked by ‘(a friend) and others’, instead of The social media giant is following in the footsteps of its other platform, Instagram, which began testing hiding likes in May.

Facebook considers hiding ' likes ' to make you feel better about posting. Facebook is "considering" hiding the numbers of likes to others in posts, similar to an experiment The idea is to take away the popularity contest of posting, which makes people feel bad when Instagram is testing the non-visible likes in seven countries, including Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

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Facebook told The New York Times it had not decided whether to roll out the test beyond Australia.

a close up of a sign: Facebook is testing a new feature to see how users © Ben Margot, AP Facebook is testing a new feature to see how users "Like" it.

“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 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.

The culture of validation is too deeply entrenched to be killed off, says writer Rebecca Nicholson.

Even middle-class people spent as much as two-thirds of their income on food, of which a fairly high and sensitive proportion was bread. The laws governing the sale of cigarettes and the places where people are allowed to smoke have become stronger in response to people ’s growing fears.

"We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get," Instagram told its users.

According to Psychology Today, not getting many likes is like rejection in digital form. Among younger users on Instagram, posting becomes a contest to see who can get the most likes.

Follow Dalvin Brown on Twitter: @Dalvin_Brown.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Facebook is hiding Likes in Australia to keep people from feeling bad

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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