Facebook may soon follow Instagram’s lead and hide like counts

Sep 3, 2019

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Facebook may soon follow Instagram’s lead and hide like counts

Sep 3, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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As you may know, Instagram is testing hiding like counts in seven countries. But according to recent reports, Facebook may soon follow. Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong discovered the prototype of hidden like counts in Facebook Android app. Just like Instagram’s tested feature, it shows a few people who liked your post but hides the total number of likes.

Wong posted a few screenshots on her Twitter, revealing what the feature will look like. Basically, when you look at someone’s post, you can only see a few mutual friends who liked it, but not the total number of likes.

The same test has been conducted on Instagram for a few months now. Wong discovered it before it became official, back in April 2019. A month later, Instagram began testing the feature in Canada, and then expanded the tests to six more countries: Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, and Japan.

TechCrunch reached out to Facebook, and the company confirmed that it’s “considering testing removal of Like counts.” In other words, it’s not being tested just yet, and it’s not live for users. But it seems that hiding Like counts on Instagram had some positive effect since Facebook decided to test it, too.

The point of hiding the total number of Likes is to prevent users from envy and from feeling inadequate. People tend to compare themselves to others and feel bad if their posts don’t get as popular. While it may sound trivial to some of us, the fact remains that many people (especially teenagers and young adults) are “addicted to likes.” Research has shown that social networks have a devastating effect on mental health in teenagers.

Hiding like counts could prevent people from destructively comparing to others. Consequently, it could even reduce all those dangerous stunts people do just to get likes, as well as selfie-related accidents. Personally, I believe that hiding Like counts is a terrific idea, and I hope to see the feature on both Facebook and Instagram. And I must admit that I’m also curious to see how it will affect both the users and the famous social networks.

[via TechCrunch]

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8 responses to “Facebook may soon follow Instagram’s lead and hide like counts”

  1. Bertram Plischke Avatar
    Bertram Plischke

    Great idea ?!

  2. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
    Angelina Wiese Devine

    I like my likes, I want more likes – I want the world to see my likes …

  3. Bill Worley Avatar
    Bill Worley

    Part of the overall plan to suppress the masses.

  4. Clarence Hemeon Avatar
    Clarence Hemeon

    Good idea as it will cut down on the Attention Whores and maybe curb the stupid shit due the need for fame. I weep for our civilization.

    1. Brian Jones Avatar
      Brian Jones

      Users can still view their likes, just not other users. So there “good intentions” are void. You can still go chasing the dope, just others are unable to see your stash…

  5. Brian Jones Avatar
    Brian Jones

    Soooo, you’re still hanging the dope in front of the dopes chasing the dope. How does this help those dopamine junkies?

  6. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Bleah … what point anymore to post anything.

  7. Gill Morris Avatar
    Gill Morris

    Who cares.