Facebook hides number of likes from Australian users

Of lately social media has become a valid reason for causing anxiety among the public. In an attempt to reduce social pressure which people face through social media especially through the number of likes, Facebook users in Australia will not be able to view likes of fellow users.

From Friday, people will be able to see only their own likes and reactions, which will in return remain hidden from the public.

The change instantly became a subject of controversy which was trialled previously by sister platform-Instagram across several countries since July. The change was especially not supported by social media influencers. The number of likes being an important business metric for them.

“[It is about] taking that number out of the equation, so that people can focus on the quality of their interactions and the quality of the content rather than on the number of likes or reactions,” commented spokeswoman Mia Garlick to the Australian Associated Press with regards to the number of likes on a user’s post.

Furthermore, Garlick added the company had sought for an opinion of mental health experts and of anti-bullying groups. The change was also forecasted by tech experts.

On the other hand, Instagram has not made the trial data public yet. The trial was allegedly carried out across seven countries: Ireland, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Both Facebook as well as Instagram have however not confirmed if the trials will be extended or made permanent.