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Facebook tests removal of likes counter

Facebook are looking into hiding likes on News Feed posts.

The social media network's other app Instagram already trialled the update on the photo-sharing site last month to stop with the obsession over many likes users have on their posts , but now it looks like Facebook could follow suit.

App researcher, Jane Manchun Wong, is the person who discovered the company making some changes to their Android app on Monday (02.09.19).

And Facebook confirmed the tests are taking place.

It's not known when the update will arrive.

However, Facebook insisted they wanted to "remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive" on Instagram, and admitted they were "excited by the early test results."

The removal of likes counters trial comes after Instagram boss Adam Mosseri announced at that they want to lead the way with regards to beating online bullying.

They have announced a number of new features to aid the fight against trolling.

These include a "nudge" feature to let users know they are typing a comment and an 'Away Mode' which enables people to switch off from using the app and stop getting notifications temporarily rather than having to remove the whole app.

There will also be a 'Manage Interactions' function to set unique limits for different people to control what aspects of their Instagram account they want their followers to see.

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