You will soon no longer be able to see who liked what on X!

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The company says this measure aims to protect people who are afraid of publicly liking “racy” content. That said, users have quite mixed opinions on this subject.

A feature spotted by a user

An X user named Aaron first noticed a flag that, when enabled, removed the “I like” profiles. And that, so that it was no longer possible to see which posts a person had liked. He then assumed that this could mean thatX would hide “Likes” by default and one of the company’s engineers responded to confirm this hypothesis.

A measure to encourage good behavior

Yes, we make the ‘I like‘private’, did he declare. “Public likes encourage bad behavior. For example, many people feel discouraged from liking content that might be ‘daring’ for fear of retaliation from trolls, or to protect their public image. Soon you will be able to love without worrying about who might see it.However, the counter of “I like” will remain visible.

Mixed reactions from users

X users had a mixed reaction. Some believe this is a way to allow people to like hateful content without being held responsible. Others rather think that it is a positive measure to reduce tension on platform. The majority, however, seems to think that X should focus on more important issues.

This decision to make the “I like” private on X therefore provokes contrasting reactions among users. Indeed, some see it as a protective measure, others a way to encourage toxic behavior without consequences. It remains to be seen how this feature will be received when deployed and whether it will have a significant impact on interactions on the platform.

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