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Technology Facebook has begun hiding likes

23:50  30 september  2019
23:50  30 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.

Facebook began hiding likes on Friday, Sept. 27, making the number of reactions, views and likes visible only to a post's author. The test kicked off in Australia, the social media giant confirmed last week, and includes ads.

a drawing of a face: Facebook will begin testing hiding the number of likes, reactions and views that posts get. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Facebook will begin testing hiding the number of likes, reactions and views that 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 on Sept. 26.

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.

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

As of Sept. 30, Facebook said it is still expanding the experiment to more people in Australia, but it should be out to the majority of people in the country within the next day or two.

The social network indicated earlier in September that it might experiment with hiding likes, after testing the approach on Facebook-owned Instagram this year. In August, Facebook said the Instagram test was meant to "remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive" on Instagram, and that Facebook 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.

Facebook is rolling out a test to hide your likes

  Facebook is rolling out a test to hide your likes Facebook will test hiding the number of likes, reactions and video views from posts in Australia. The author of the post will still be able to see those metrics, but other users won't. The test applies to posts from users and pages, as well as ads across Facebook. It will slowly roll out to the majority of Australian users. "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 said in a statement.

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

First published at 1:57 p.m. PT on Sept. 26.

Updated on Sept. 27 at 4:51 p.m.: Adds more info; Sept. 30 at 1.21 p.m.: Adds update from Facebook.

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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