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Facebook is working on the idea of hiding ‘likes’!

Facebook is reportedly “considering” hiding the numbers of likes in your posts to your contacts or connections on the platform, akin to an experiment that it has been doing with company-owned Instagram in several countries. 

The idea behind this scheme is to remove the popularity contest of posting, which morally upsets people, making them feel bad when their post doesn’t gather about or top the lists with big numbers.

According to various research, those including that of reputed institutes like Psychology Today, rejection in digital form (not getting many likes) can sting just as much as in the analog world. Among younger users on Instagram, posting becomes a contest to see who can get the most likes.

Facebook wouldn’t add more than that it’s in words, considering the move, but social media lit up with the possibilities. Contemplating on the same, one could realize that this will also take away the excessive anxiety of people who feel under-confident or insecure for the less popular that their pics receive.

Reported by USA Today, “Bad thing,” said Facebook user Phil Leigh on Facebook ‘Likes’ gives the poster a way to measure whether her content is useful to others, especially as it is tracked over time.

Another Facebook user Jeremy Pepper supports it but adds:

“Not sure it matters as much on Facebook as it does on Instagram when you think of the audience.”

Instagram is testing the non-visible likes in seven countries, including Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. It told the users on a positive note that,

“We want your followers to focus on, what you share, not how many likes your posts get.”

It added that during the trial, friends wouldn’t be able to see the likes, but the account holder would.

Taylor Veliotis, a student at Fordham University, has blogged about Tayloractice of likes, saying that Instagram shouldn’t be just another stress in our lives.

“Maybe if the followers and likes count disappeared from our accounts we would start to actually post for ourselves, and maybe even appreciate the art that can be found on the app…A social media platform without superficial stress and competitiveness would be nice for a change.”

Separately, Facebook said Tuesday that it will no longer use face recognition technology to suggest that friends tag you in photos or videos. Instead, Facebook is pushing the tagging of you in other photos to an opt-in process. 

“We’ve made the steps to update your settings clearer and you can opt to leave your setting off right in the notice, as opposed to having to go to a separate screen,”

Facebook said in a blog post.

“If you do nothing, face recognition will remain off for you.”

Facebook added that its face recognition technology

“still does not recognize you to strangers. We don’t share your face recognition information with third parties.”

Facebook will stop using face recognition technology to suggest friends tag you which will also work on supporting privacy reasons.

Mary Deshazo

Mary is a food and mobile tech industry enthusiast. She sleeps an eye open looking for industry updates and spends weekends fishing with her husband.

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