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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Facebook Considers Hiding “Like” Numbers

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7Dnews London

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 19:51 GMT

Facebook has confirmed it is dabbling with the concept of no longer making a public display of how many "likes" are racked up by posts, AFP reported on Tuesday September 3rd.

"We are considering hiding like counts from Facebook," a spokesman for the leading social network said.

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 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 their own numbers but having them masked 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 last month.