After Instagram now its Facebook’s turn that will be hiding user’s public likes from their posts. The main objective behind this bold move is that getting fewer likes on their posts brings down the user’s self-esteem who do not have a huge fan following or friends on their profiles. Due to this they feel anxious and either stop posting pictures and messages or do away from using the social media platform. In most cases, this will stop the users from sharing anything for the sake of likes.
Currently, the social media giant Facebook is testing removal of Like counts on its platform and is not live for the users yet. In its new move to encourage people to post what they like instead of posting what gets them more likes, the change will only be visible to the person who shared the post and not to its followers. Instagram is already testing the same feature in 7 countries namely Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, and Japan.
The biggest concern is whether this change may bring positive or negligible impacts on both social media platforms. The proposed change will improve the mental health of the users, will put less pressure on them and will encourage them to post what they like freely while preventing them from deleting the posts that they shared on Facebook that could not get much likes.
The change was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong on Facebook’s Android App. In her blog post, she said, I observed that Facebook has recently begun prototyping this hidden like/reaction count feature in their Android app by reverse-engineering the app and playing with the code underneath.
She explained that the likes removal feature works similar to Instagram where people will not be able to access the amount of like a person is getting on their post. At the moment likes/reaction counts on comments are not yet hidden.
Similarly, the photo-sharing app Instagram is also working on the same feature where it hides the likes count on the photos and videos that the user posts on their profiles. The change was first brought to Canada following it was further expanded to six more countries.
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