The ‘Likes’ and ‘Hearts’ on social media are considered one of the reasons for a distorted sense of self. Now, Facebook wants to do its bit towards helping ease the pressure of seeking social media validation.
Facebook is looking to hide Like counts on posts, starting in Australia. As TechCrunch reported, a post’s author can still see the count, but it is hidden from everyone else who will be able to see only who and not how many people reacted to a post.
The social media giant, Facebook said that it is running a limited test of hiding the Like count to understand if it improves the user experience.
If the company finds that making Like counts hidden improves people’s sense of well-being, it could expand to more countries.
Facebook will begin testing hiding like counts, starting in Australia on September 27th, according to TechCrunch.
The test will hide the number of likes on a post, only displaying that a post was liked by “[a friend] and others,” instead of displaying the actual number to the public.
The limited test is a gauge of whether the feature can improve users’ sense of well-being, and if the experiment is successful, the test may roll out to more regions.
In July this year, Instagram like counts were hidden in seven countries: Australia, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy and Japan.
A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch that they are running a limited test where like, reaction, and video view counts are made private across Facebook.
They will gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people’s experiences.
According to her findings, people will still be able to tap to see the full list of people who liked and reacted to a post (and presumably you manually could count from there), but
The like count will no longer be shown on the News Feed, bu people will still be able to see the full list of people who reacted to a post (assumably you manually count from there).
Getting rid of the ability to see the exact number of likes at a glance is a small tweak that could go a long way toward curbing feelings of anxiety and depression linked with social media use.