Facebook follows Instagram and SCRAPS like counts due to mental health issues arising from & # 39; social pressure & # 39;
- Facebook will begin its trial by hiding its & # 39; like count & # 39; on messages for Australian users
- The social media giant made the change after concerns were raised by experts
- Move follows Instagram, which caused indignation among influencers in July
Facebook has followed Instagram by deleting its similar count due to mental health problems.
Australia is the first country to try the changes starting Friday.
The social media giant made the change after concerns were voiced by experts.
Facebook has followed Instagram by deleting its similar count due to mental health problems
& # 39; The reason for this is feedback from welfare researchers and mental health experts who are concerned about the type of social pressure that occurs when you can see how many likes or interactions another person receives compared to yours & # 39 ;, Facebook policy director Mia Garlick told 7News.
It comes months after Instagram on a trial basis & # 39; likes & # 39; in Australia and Canada began to hide and if it is successful, it will be expansion of changes worldwide.
Instagram has removed its number to put users under pressure and create a positive environment.
As with Instragram's likes, users can still see how many likes a message receives, but others don't.
Instagram's decision to hide likes already led to controversy in July, with a number of influencers expressing indignation at the changes.
Tammy Hembrow, with nearly 10 million followers, expressed concern about the move back in June when it was first announced.
& # 39; What happens if Instagram removes such likes? & # 39; a photographer asked when she left a nightclub in Los Angeles.
& # 39; Then we will remove Instagram from my life! & # 39; Tammy answered before she boarded a taxi and said: & # 39; F ** k Instagram! & # 39;
Married At First Sight & # 39; s Nasser Sultan was furious on Instagram.
The personal trainer, who has 36,000 followers, was worried that people don't know how & # 39; famous & # 39; he is when his likes are no longer visible.
Instagrammer Mikaela Testa, who has fewer than 50,000 followers, went on an extremely tearing rage from the & # 39; like & # 39; prohibition of Instagram if & # 39; real damage outside & & # 39;
& # 39; It's outrageous that I don't look like a celebrity right now and people can't see how popular I am with my posts, & # 39; he raged.
Nasser is considered a & # 39; micro-influencer & # 39; in the industry and uses his account primarily to secure free meals in informal restaurants.
Instagrammer Mikaela Testa, who has fewer than 50,000 followers, went on an extremely tearing rage from the & # 39; like & # 39; prohibition of Instagram if & # 39; real damage outside & & # 39 ;.
& # 39; If you think this is OK, you can finish, it's actually a sad day for those who have Instagram as a job, & # 39; she said in a Facebook message.
The 19-year-old's message received little sympathy and many users began to mock her for her outburst.
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