There are people out there that get triggered (no, really) when their social media posts don't get as many likes as they wanted, or less likes than someone else. Facebook has a solution -- remove all Likes.
Starting tomorrow in Australia, Facebook will hide Like counts on posts. We knew Facebook was working on this a little while ago, but now we'ere here and while the Likes will be hidden from the public the author can still see how many people Liked their posts.
Instagram is also testing something similar by hiding its Likes, and remember Instagram is owned by Facebook so we're seeing similar internal changes being made across both platforms. The end goal here from Facebook is they want you to not feel like you can't express yourself, and not have people judge posts by the stories you share, or the amount of Likes there are.
The Like button is still visible, but instead of saying 'X friend/s and 256 people' for Likes it now just says 'X friend/s and others'.
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