Facebook wants to eliminate the likes

Facebook would be thinking of eliminating the number of likes received by the posts we publish on the social network: here's why

After eliminating the number of "little hearts" received on Instagram (the function is still in the testing phase, but it is active in Italy), the Menlo Park company has decided to eliminate the count of "likes" received by its posts also on Facebook. The novelty has not yet been released and has not been made any kind of test, it is only a possibility discovered by Jane Manchin Wong and reported by the online website TechCrunch that contacted the Facebook press office and confirmed the experiment.

The Asian girl has discovered the new feature while "poking around" with the Facebook application and noticed that in her posts there was no longer the exact number of "likes" and Reaction received. Exactly what happened in previous months with the "hearts" of Instagram. Facebook is thinking of eliminating the "like" count in order to put a brake on social network envy, which is increasingly rampant among young people.

Nowadays teenagers publish posts and images just to prove to their peers that they are popular and famous. And everything is based on the number of likes received by their posts. We will see when the function will be officially released in Italy.

Facebook, goodbye to the likes?

Let's put things in order. The "like" that made the social network famous will not disappear: it will still be possible to "like" the posts of our friends or pages we follow. It will disappear, however, the number of reactions received by a post. Instead of the count we will find the words "Mario Rossi (the name of our friend) and others", as already happens on Instagram.

Why Facebook wants to eliminate the number of likes

There are mainly two reasons that push Facebook to remove the Reaction count from the posts of the social network: social oppression and the purchase of "likes". More and more young people base their popularity on the number of likes received by their images and feel compelled to continuously post new photos and videos to be "famous". To increase the "like" count they use any means, even buying fake likes from online services that sell them. Practice that Facebook doesn't like and knows trying in every way to counteract.

The social network staff has confirmed that it is working on this new feature, but there is still no official date for release.