Facebook is about to start hiding like counts on your posts

Facebook is about to start hiding like counts on your posts

In an effort to reduce the pressure of using social media, Facebook Inc. could get rid of its "Like" count on the news feed. Well it seems that day has come as reliable tipster Jane Manchun Wong has spotted the social media giant prototyping a hidden like/reaction feature within the Android app.

TechCrunch contacted Facebook about the change, and the company confirmed that it is "considering testing removal of Like counts." however the feature is not live yet. On Instagram prototypes, the user can still see the Like count of his or her posts, although the Like count of other users are not visible. The folks at Marketwatch reached out to Facebook and they received confirmation that the developers are indeed thinking about removing likes.

At the time, a spokesperson for Instagram said: "We are testing this because we want followers to focus on the photos and videos shared, not how many likes they get". However, some research has found that the same function can also be bad for people's mental health when users substitute real-life interactions with friends and family with superficial Facebook likes. Youth anxious about posts not getting enough likes could fall victim to depression or anxiety. "Other users will just see a few reaction emoji and a note that it was liked by "[a friend] and others" instead of a specific number of other people.

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Facebook said it is "considering" hiding the number of "likes" a post receives, but offered no details or timeline. For example, in Hong Kong, many people tend to give some politicians an "angry" amid discontent over the current social and political situation in the city.

The prospect is likely being explored in a bid to help prevent envy, influence, and self-censorship among the users who frequent the platform.

Also, they are seen by some as an important gauge to measure the effectiveness of messages on the platform.

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