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Technology Facebook's Instagram will start hiding likes for some US users next week

03:15  09 november  2019
03:15  09 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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.

Instagram had already started testing hiding likes in Canada, before expanding the experiment in July to Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New There are also concerns, though, that hiding likes could lead to a drop in engagement on the platform. Instagram users will still be able to see the likes

Instagram has been running tests where it hides like counts on posts in a few countries around the world, and very soon, it will start testing hiding them for some US WATCH: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announces that the platform will start hiding likes for US audiences starting next week .

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said Friday that the photo sharing app will start hiding likes for some US users next week.

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Instagram had already started testing hiding likes in Canada, before expanding the experiment in July to Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.

The move could help improve the mental health of users because they often compare their like counts to those of other users. There are also concerns, though, that hiding likes could lead to a drop in engagement on the platform.

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Instagram users will still be able to see the likes and video views their posts have gotten, but the public won't. Facebook has also been experimenting with hiding likes.

Mosseri made the announcement during the Wired25 conference in San Francisco on Friday.

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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