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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

Facebook experimenting with hiding likes, report says

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.

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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 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.

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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 will test hiding ‘Likes’ on its own site

  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 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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