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Technology Instagram test of hiding 'likes' spreading to US

10:30  09 november  2019
10:30  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.

a drawing of a face: Instagram's test of hiding © instagram Instagram's test of hiding "likes" is coming 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.

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

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

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.

" 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

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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