Facebook hints at hiding ‘likes’

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 1 year ago

The world’s largest social media company is thinking of making a change its users may or may not like.

According to an engineer, Facebook is considering hiding its famous “like.”

Jane Manchun Wong found the code, which has not been activated.

“It takes time to develop, observe, research and release experimental features like this,” she said.

“Experimental features could come and go. But I am certain hiding the public like counts will be beneficial to the digital wellbeing of a large chunk of users.”

Venture capitalist Ellen Pao tweeted that the change – if it happens – is overdue.

“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.

Instagram said it was not yet ready to share the results of its experiment.

“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.