“Facebook is experimenting with removing like counts from posts.” Yes, you read it correctly.
While Facebook addiction is not a recognized condition, there has been increasing concern from Facebook users and those who care about them—that Facebook can be addictive and that Facebook use carries several potentially harmful effects.
But soon Facebook will be implementing features to limit addictions. Facebook appears to be experimenting with hiding like counts, similar to what Facebook-owned Instagram has been experimenting with.
The feature was uncovered by Jane Manchun Wong in an app teardown, and it works similarly to the like-hiding feature that Instagram is experimenting with: the amount of ‘likes’ a post receives is invisible to everyone except the creator of the post.
Currently, with this unreleased feature, the like/reaction count is hidden from anyone other than the creator of the post, just like how it works on Instagram. The list of people who liked/reacted will still be accessible, but the amount will be hidden.
Interestingly, likes/reaction counts on comments are not yet hidden for now. But this could be due to the nature of this feature being in an early stage of development. As always, things will be polished eventually.
I really think this is a positive step towards a good platform and that will definitely help with reducing anxieties and depressions.