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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

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

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 will begin hiding likes on Friday

  Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday The social media giant will test hiding the number of likes, reactions and views posts get. Angela Lang/CNET © 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 Thursday. Facebook added it would "gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people's experiences."Facebook first flagged it might experiment with hiding likes earlier in September, after testing it on Instagram this year.

Major changes are coming to Instagram . Starting next week , the social media platform will start hiding likes . The company is testing whether reducing popularity contests will make a safer online environment for users. Now playing: us .

Instagram CEO, Adam Mosseri, shared at the Wired25 conference this evening that the social media service will expand its test that hides like counts to the US next week for some users. This comes after testing started this summer in a handful of countries including Canada, Italy, Australia, and Brazil.

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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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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