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Technology Instagram test of hiding 'likes' spreading to US

07:10  09 november  2019
07:10  09 november  2019 Source:   msn.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 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 . Twitter has also experimented with hiding numbers of times tweets were " liked " or "retweeted," according to product lead Kayvon Beykpour.

AFP/File / DENIS CHARLET Instagram earlier this year announced it was testing hiding like counts and video view tallies in more than a half-dozen countries. 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 .

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.

Instagram earlier this year announced it was testing hiding like counts and video view tallies in more than a half-dozen countries© DENIS CHARLET Instagram earlier this year announced it was testing hiding like counts and video view tallies in more than a half-dozen countries

"Heads up! We've been testing making likes private on Instagram in a number of countries this year," Mosseri said in a tweet.

"We're expanding those tests to include a small portion of people in the US next week."

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.

AFP/File / DENIS CHARLET Instagram earlier this year announced it was testing hiding like counts and video view tallies in more than a half-dozen countries. 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 .

How Do Hidden Likes on Instagram Work? 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. We ’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video

Facebook in September confirmed it is dabbling with no longer making a public display of how many "likes" are racked up by posts.

Such a change could ease pressure to win approval with images, videos or comments and, instead, get people to simply focus on what is in the posts.

Facebook-owned Instagram earlier this year announced it was testing hiding like counts and video view tallies in more than a half-dozen countries, with account holders still able to see the numbers but masking amounts from others.

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 earlier this year.

Instagram expands hidden likes test worldwide .
Instagram started hiding the total number of likes on posts for some people in the US this week as part of a broader test. It made like and video view counters private in other countries over the last few months, and now it's ready to expand the test elsewhere. Starting today, we're expanding our test of private like counts globally. If you're in the test, you'll no longer see the total number of likes and views on photos and videos posted to Feed unless they're your own. pic.twitter.com/DztSH0xiq2 — Instagram (@instagram) November 14, 2019The Facebook-owned service said it's rolling out the test worldwide.

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