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Technology Instagram's push to hide 'Likes' hits the US next week

03:40  09 november  2019
03:40  09 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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.

Instagram has been testing out a change that hides the " likes " counter on posts around the world for months, but not in the US . During an interview at the Wired 25 event today Mosseri explained that it will start testing the change in the US next week , "not the whole US at once," but enough that some

Hiding like counts is just the latest step in Instagram ’ s quest to become the safest place on the internet. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced today at WIRED25 that US Instagram users can expect their like counts to vanish Essay: It’s time to push tech forward, and rebuild what it broke.

Instagram has been testing out a change that hides the "likes" counter on posts around the world for months, but not in the US. According to Instagram head Adam Mosseri, that's about to change. During an interview at the Wired 25 event today Mosseri explained that it will start testing the change in the US next week, "not the whole US at once," but enough that some of you will have it on your profiles.

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With the test enabled, people still see the number of likes on their own posts, but not other people. He said the purpose is to "depressurize" Instagram, and they're looking to see how it impacts the feelings of users, as well as how they continue to interact with the platform. Instagram has previously said "We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who've liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received."

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 has officially hidden likes from users in Canada, and we have all the info you need about this major change. Canadian Instagram users have been like -free for over two months now — and it appears that Instagram is now in the process of expanding the test to several more countries.

To that end, next week Instagram will expand its test of hiding Like counts from everyone but a post’s creator to the United States . “ We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people’s well-being and health” says Instagram ’ s CEO Adam Mosseri.

When and where the test is enabled, looking at someone else's profile simply shows a picture has been liked by (one name) and others. Of course, that doesn't stop people from focusing purely on follower count as a measure of comparing popularity, and you'll still see when only one person liked your vacation photo (thanks Greg, you're a real one), but maybe it's a small step in the right direction.

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Facebook's Instagram will start hiding likes for some US users next week .
The social network has experimented with hiding likes in other countries.Instagram had already started testing hiding likes in Canada, before expanding the experiment in July to Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.

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