Facebook is working on hiding their like counts over Facebook & Instagram for a while. Now Company officially announced that people can hide their public like counts over Facebook & Instagram.
From today onwards, people are able to use the option of hiding their posts like count and also hide the like counts of other posts shown in their feed.
According to Facebook
We’re looking for more ways to give people control over their experience. That’s why we announced new tools to allow people to filter offensive content from their DMs and gave people ways to control what they see and share on Facebook’s News Feed — like the Feed Filter Bar, Favorites Feed and Choose Who Can Comment.
How To Hide Like Counts
Hiding Your Own Like Counts
Users have two choices with regards to concealing their own like count. They can either decide to hide likes on new posts during the sharing process, or they can hide likes on all posts shared by their account.
Follow the Steps to hide like counts over all posts:
Settings> Advance Settings> Hide Like & View Counts
Users can also hide like count from other individual posts from their feed. You can hide like counts after publishing a post as well by clicking on amount of likes & choose“Hide Like Count.”
Users can anytime change their preferences whether they want to show likes over their posts or not as it depends on user’s choice. However users are able to view their like counts every time even the counts are hidden from other people.
This option is available over Instagram Currently & is coming to Facebook in coming weeks.
Hiding Like Counts on Others Posts
Users can hides likes of posts they see over their feeds of other people, from a new section in settings panel.
Follow the Steps to hide like counts on other’s Posts:
Settings> Posts> Hide Like & View Counts
The following option can be turn on/off anytime
Insta & Facebook ran several tests in past where it hides like counts from everyone.
“We tested hiding like counts to see if it might depressurize people’s experience on Instagram. What we heard from people and experts was that not seeing like counts was beneficial for some and annoying to others, particularly because people use like counts to get a sense of what’s trending or popular, so we’re giving you the choice.”
Facebook says to expect more choices in coming future as company is continuously working on new functionalities for people, so that they have more choices.