Facebook might remove Like count

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Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users’ from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship. Instagram is already testing this in 7 countries including Canada and Brazil, showing a post’s audience just a few names of mutual friends who’ve Liked it instead of the total number. The idea is to prevent users from destructively comparing themselves to others and possibly feeling inadequate if their posts don’t get as many Likes. Reverse engineering master Jane Manchun Wong spotted Facebook prototyping the hidden Like counts in its Android app. When media asked Facebook, the company confirmed that it’s considering testing removal of Like counts. However it’s not live for users yet.

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