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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

Instagram test of hiding 'likes' spreading to US

  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.

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

  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.

" We 're testing making like counts private," Mosseri told attendees at the WIRED25 conference in comments posted on Twitter. "You'll be able to see how The move follows tests in several other countries and comes amid criticism that youthful Instagram users feel pressure to gain more likes , or

" We are testing this because we want your followers to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get," an Instagram The test is likely to elicit a range of reactions, from anger to relief. Likes are often used as a metric of popularity. Some Instagram users feel pressure to rack up

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.

Facebook experiments with hiding "like" counts .
The social network is testing a feature that will hide likes, video view counts and other metrics in the news feedFacebook is testing an effort to hide the public "like" counter on posts in the news feed, it said on Thursday. The change applies to posts from friends and pages as well as paid ads. The experiment is running only in Australia for now, with Facebook saying it is unsure if it will expand to other countries.

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