Sep 3, 2019

Facebook hints at hiding 'likes'

An engineer has discovered prototype code in Facebook's Android app which suggests it might test hiding the number of likes a post receives. Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, is conducting a similar test in seven countries including Canada and Brazil, where only the account holder in the trial can see the number of likes they attract. Some studies have suggested the pressures of social media popularity can affect mental health, particularly in young people. "Social platforms have known as early as 2014 that social media impacts mental health and only now is Facebook starting to hide like counts," she said. "We hope this test will remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive, so you can focus on sharing the things you love," Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand director of policy, said in a statement when the Instagram trial was announced.

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