Facebook users will soon no longer view the number of likes, reactions and video views on other’s posts in a world-first experiment directed at increasing users’ wellbeing, reported the Guardian.
The British journal promptly reported that the new trial is set to kick off Friday in Australia.
Facebook Australia’s director of policy Mia Garlick announced the intended move was based on wellbeing investigation and constructive feedback from mental health professionals that the considerable number of likes can generate social comparison.
“We’ve had really positive feedback from a lot of the anti-bullying groups and mental health organisations that we work with,” Garlick stated.
“It really is just taking that number out of the equation, so that people can focus on the quality of their interactions and the quality of the content rather than on the number of likes or reactions.” she added .