App researcher Jen Manchun Wong has found the code inside Facebook’s Android app, which disguises the exact amount of likes from everyone on one post, but the original poster, TechCrunch, reported on Monday.
Facebook is working to hide like counts, too!https://t.co/WnUrM12aZg
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) September 2, 2019
Facebook confirmed that “it is considering a test that matters, but that trial has not yet begun”.
Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram has expanded the feature to six more countries, where a post can be viewed like a writer’s total, but not everyone else can.
First announced in Canada in May, users in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand will also be able to hide the ‘Like’ count on their posts.
The company said the motive behind the move is to relieve pressure among users who are concerned about the reach of their posts and impressions.
“We want people to at least worry about how much they are liking on Instagram and spend a little more time connecting with people,” Instagram head Adam Moseri said during a conference in California. In April.