Facebook Contemplates Hiding ‘Likes’ — Here’s What Teens Think | TODAY


LINE OF INFLUENCERS, WHERE BIG LIKES EQUAL BIG BUSINESS? LIKES EQUAL BIG BUSINESS?>>Reporter: A NEW MOVE BEING>>Reporter: A NEW MOVE BEING CONSIDERED BY FACEBOOK COULD CONSIDERED BY FACEBOOK COULD CHANGE HOW BILLIONS OF PEOPLE CHANGE HOW BILLIONS OF PEOPLE INTERACT ONLINE. INTERACT ONLINE. THE SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT REVEALING THE SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT REVEALING IT IS EXPERIMENTING WITH IT IS EXPERIMENTING WITH REMOVING THE LIKES COUNT FROM REMOVING THE LIKES COUNT FROM PUBLIC VIEW ON FACEBOOK FEEDS. PUBLIC VIEW ON FACEBOOK FEEDS.>>PEOPLE LOVE TO LIKE THINGS,>>PEOPLE LOVE TO LIKE THINGS, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? LET PEOPLE VOICE THEIR OPINION. LET PEOPLE VOICE THEIR OPINION.>>Reporter: THE PERSON SHARING>>Reporter: THE PERSON SHARING THE POST WILL STILL BE ABLE TO THE POST WILL STILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF LIKES THEY SEE THE AMOUNT OF LIKES THEY GET, BUT OUTSIDERS CAN ONLY VIEW GET, BUT OUTSIDERS CAN ONLY VIEW MUTUAL FRIENDS THAT LIKE THE MUTUAL FRIENDS THAT LIKE THE POST. POST.>>IT’D BE A GOOD IDEA IF>>IT’D BE A GOOD IDEA IF FACEBOOK GOT RID OF LIKES. FACEBOOK GOT RID OF LIKES. ALL SOCIAL MEDIA SHOULD ADOPT ALL SOCIAL MEDIA SHOULD ADOPT SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: THIS, THE NEXT>>Reporter: THIS, THE NEXT POTENTIAL STEP IN A WAVE OF POTENTIAL STEP IN A WAVE OF SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGES. SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGES. YOUTUBE ANNOUNCED IT’LL MAKE A YOUTUBE ANNOUNCED IT’LL MAKE A SMALL BUT NOTABLE CHANGE TO THE SMALL BUT NOTABLE CHANGE TO THE WAY IT DISPLAYS SUBSCRIBER WAY IT DISPLAYS SUBSCRIBER COUNTS. COUNTS. INSTAGRAM, OWNED BY FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, OWNED BY FACEBOOK, STARTED TESTING A SIMILAR NO STARTED TESTING A SIMILAR NO LIKES FEATURE IN DIFFERENT LIKES FEATURE IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. COUNTRIES.>>BECAUSE WE WANT PEOPLE TO>>BECAUSE WE WANT PEOPLE TO WORRY LESS ABOUT HOW MANY LIKES WORRY LESS ABOUT HOW MANY LIKES THEY’RE GETTING ON INSTAGRAM AND THEY’RE GETTING ON INSTAGRAM AND SPEND MORE TIME CONNECTING WITH SPEND MORE TIME CONNECTING WITH THE PEOPLE THEY CARE ABOUT. THE PEOPLE THEY CARE ABOUT.>>Reporter: RESEARCH STUDIES>>Reporter: RESEARCH STUDIES SUGGEST INCREASED SOCIAL MEDIA SUGGEST INCREASED SOCIAL MEDIA CONSUMPTION CAN LEAD TO ANXIETY CONSUMPTION CAN LEAD TO ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, ESPECIALLY WITH AND DEPRESSION, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNG GIRLS. YOUNG GIRLS. I RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH A GROUP I RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH A GROUP OF TEENAGE GIRLS TO DISCUSS OF TEENAGE GIRLS TO DISCUSS THEIR EXPERIENCES ONLINE. THEIR EXPERIENCES ONLINE. IS IT SORT OF LIKE EXHAUSTING IS IT SORT OF LIKE EXHAUSTING SOMETIMES? SOMETIMES?>>CONSCIOUSLY, I MIGHT BE LIKE,>>CONSCIOUSLY, I MIGHT BE LIKE, THIS PERSON HAS MORE LIKES THAN THIS PERSON HAS MORE LIKES THAN ME, OR THIS PHOTO HAS MORE ME, OR THIS PHOTO HAS MORE COMMENTS OR SOMETHING. COMMENTS OR SOMETHING.>>THEY’RE ALWAYS LIKE, WHAT ARE>>THEY’RE ALWAYS LIKE, WHAT ARE OTHER PEOPLE GOING TO THINK? OTHER PEOPLE GOING TO THINK? SHOULD I POST THIS? SHOULD I POST THIS? MAYBE I LOOK SO WEIRD. MAYBE I LOOK SO WEIRD.>>Reporter: WHILE THIS MAY MAKE>>Reporter: WHILE THIS MAY MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA SAFER FOR SOME, SOCIAL MEDIA SAFER FOR SOME, OTHERS WORRY THE CHANGE COULD OTHERS WORRY THE CHANGE COULD HURT THE BIG BUSINESS OF SOCIAL HURT THE BIG BUSINESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCERS. INFLUENCERS.>>I THINK IT COULD HELP WITH>>I THINK IT COULD HELP WITH SELF-ESTEEM, EGO, POPULARITY. SELF-ESTEEM, EGO, POPULARITY.>>Reporter: KATIE SAMS, A>>Reporter: KATIE SAMS, A FASHION INFLUENCER WITH CLOSE TO FASHION INFLUENCER WITH CLOSE TO 200,000 FOLLOWERS, THINKS THE 200,000 FOLLOWERS, THINKS THE MOVE IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT MOVE IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION DIRECTION DIRECTION. DIRECTION. ARE THERE OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA ARE THERE OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS WHO MIGHT NOT BE INFLUENCERS WHO MIGHT NOT BE HAPPY ABOUT THE FACT THAT LIKES HAPPY ABOUT THE FACT THAT LIKES GO AWAY POTENTIALLY? GO AWAY POTENTIALLY?>>DEFINITELY.>>DEFINITELY. THERE’S SO MANY SOCIAL MEDIA THERE’S SO MANY SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS OUT THERE THAT ARE INFLUENCERS OUT THERE THAT ARE GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED THAT GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED THAT LIKES ARE GOING AWAY BECAUSE

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