Facebook considering removing ‘like’ function, in a return to its void-shouting origins

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Facebook considering removing 'like' function, in a return to its void-shouting origins

Facebook is considering a trial that would hide the number of likes posts receive, according to a report.

Having a tangible record of interaction with a photo or thought goes against the sites original intention–to bring shouting into the void in to the 21st century.

“If I wanted my thoughts validated, I wouldn’t be on Facebook!” disgruntled user Richard Gumble complains. “I log on everyday to be racist in peace. If I wanted a community I’d go to one of those radicalising websites like 8chan or Twitter.”

The tech giant has been running a similar experiment on Instagram in some countries this year, hiding likes and video views in a bid to “remove pressure”.

Facebook employee Ira Croft says he’s excited about the company removing the thing that is literally the symbol of the company. “You know when you tell a friend a story, and they sit in complete silence providing no feedback so you can just enjoy the sound of your own voice but not be an egomaniac because technically you’re talking to someone else?” says Mr Croft, in an empty room.

The Instagram trial only applies to some accounts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand, but the social media firm appears to be looking into doing the same on its main Facebook platform.

And other online companies are considering similar moves. Twitter has announced it will no longer have a ‘like’ or ‘retweet’ function, Reddit will be converting posts into an untranslatable language, and Pinterest is now just a blank screen.

The report comes just a few months after social media companies were warned that they may have to turn off the like function for British children to ensure their safety online.

But they still have a comments section.

Authors Note: Please leave a like on this article. Maybe create multiple accounts and like it several times? It’s the only thing that keeps me typing…

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