Comment by wefarrell on HN on an article about FB/Twitter thinking about removing likes:
"Hiding the number of likes makes their algorithm less transparent. Removing transparency makes it harder to distinguish between paid content."
Never thought of it that way, but it makes sense 🤔
@Gargron Well they legally have to mark paid psts as sponsored. So not sure it really helps them in that goal
@Gargron The solution is kindda obvious, remove the algorithm too
@Gargron are likes helpful apart from advertising revenue metrics?
@mbspringer @Gargron that depends on the audience.
Given a relatively "mature" userbase, you can see likes as a quality meter for posts.
If a toot has a lot of likes, you know theres is something of importance/significance in it. this data can be useful for for example a scraping program trying to make sense of the data.
@Gargron It is always a con for Facebook
@Gargron also prevents them having to show something is "trending" and removes people being encouraged for THEIR ideas from other people/friends.
@Gargron Can non-free code have any "transparency"?
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!