TheNextWeb: Give YouTube the finger by restoring dislike counts with this plugin

TheNextWeb: Give YouTube the finger by restoring dislike counts with this plugin. “YouTube’s decision to hide dislike counts on videos has sparked anger and derision. The company said the move will protect creators from harassment and coordinated attacks, but critics fear it will become harder to find useful and trustworthy content. Some of them have proposed using YouTube comments as an alternative dislike counter, while others are devising technical fixes.”

CNET: YouTube to remove all public dislike counts, aiming to defang harassment mobs

CNET: YouTube to remove all public dislike counts, aiming to defang harassment mobs. “YouTube is removing public dislike counts, the visible tallies of how many people click on ‘thumbs down’ for a video. Google’s video site, the largest source of online video on the planet with more than 2 billion monthly users, said the move is designed to impede ‘dislike attack’ harassment campaigns.”

Washington Post: Will hiding likes on Instagram and Facebook improve users’ mental health? We asked experts.

Washington Post: Will hiding likes on Instagram and Facebook improve users’ mental health? We asked experts.. “Facebook is touting its latest feature, which will allow Facebook and Instagram users to hide like counts on posts, as a move that aims to ‘depressurize’ people’s experiences on its platforms. The change comes amid ongoing concern about the potentially harmful mental health effects of social media. But although the action may be a positive step, many experts say, it isn’t likely to have much effect on the lower levels of psychological well-being seen in some users.”

The Conversation: Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories – new research

The Conversation: Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories – new research. “Memories are often considered very personal and private. Yet, in the past few years, people have got used to notifications from social media or phone galleries telling them they have a ‘memory’. These repackaged versions of the past affect not just what we remember but also the attachments we have with those memories. In a new study, we found social media has the potential to change how people feel about their memories.”

NavyTimes: Navy says ‘liking’ or sharing extremists’ posts on social media can get you in trouble

NavyTimes: Navy says ‘liking’ or sharing extremists’ posts on social media can get you in trouble. “Sailors engaging with an offensive post regarding white supremacism on social media could themselves be viewed as contributing to extremism in the service, according to Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr. ‘Just by posting, retweeting, or liking an offensive post on social media — you could be participating in extremism,’ Nowell said in a new video shared on Facebook.”

Mashable India: Facebook Removes The ‘Like Button’ From Its Redesigned Public Pages

Mashable India: Facebook Removes The ‘Like Button’ From Its Redesigned Public Pages. “Facebook recently revealed that it has dropped the ‘likes’ button from its redesigned public pages used by artists, actors, public figures, and brands. The move is aimed towards simplifying its overall design for users and help them connect with different artists and brands in an easy manner.”

Ubergizmo: Swiss Court Rules That ‘Liking’ Hateful Content Could Be Considered A Crime

Ubergizmo: Swiss Court Rules That ‘Liking’ Hateful Content Could Be Considered A Crime. “We need to be more careful of our online social media activities. This is because in recent times, we’re starting to see the implications of what we do online affect our offline lives. More recently, over in Switzerland, the courts have ruled that it is possible that ‘liking’ or sharing online posts that are deemed hateful or defamatory could be considered a crime.”

KnowTechie: Instagram now hides ‘like counts’ – this Chrome extension brings them back

KnowTechie: Instagram now hides ‘like counts’ – this Chrome extension brings them back. “Instagram has long been the social media site for comparing your lunch or outfit to others, so the decision to hide ‘like counts’ came as a controversial one. The thing is, Instagram didn’t completely remove them, seemingly just hiding them behind some code. That means you can reveal those revered like counts again, with this handy Chrome extension.”

New York Times: Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say

New York Times: Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say. “Companies like Facebook and Twitter are poorly policing automated bots and other methods for manipulating social media platforms, according to a report released on Friday by researchers from the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. With a small amount of money, the researchers found, virtually anyone can hire a company to get more likes, comments and clicks.”

Wired: Instagram Will Test Hiding ‘Likes’ in the US Starting Next Week

Wired: Instagram Will Test Hiding ‘Likes’ in the US Starting Next Week. “Months after the company tested hiding “like” counts in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Italy, and Brazil, CEO Adam Mosseri announced today at WIRED25 that some US Instagram users can expect their like counts to vanish from public view. The company will begin testing next week, at first rolling out the change to a limited number of accounts.” That’s this week, as this story was released on November 8.

Illinois News Bureau: Will hiding ‘like’ counts and other numbers improve social media?

Illinois News Bureau: Will hiding ‘like’ counts and other numbers improve social media?. “University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser began experimenting with hiding the metrics on social media platforms seven years ago. Now, tech companies are following his lead with tests that hide ‘like’ counts and other metrics. Grosser said hiding those numbers makes users feel less competitive and reduces other negative social effects of using the platforms.”