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The Controversial Reason X Just Privatized All Likes (From A Lead Engineer)

X has made all "Likes" on its platform private to address concerns about public engagement incentivizing undesirable behavior. This update, announced by X engineer Haofei Wang, allows users to like content without others seeing their activity, potentially increasing engagement with more varied content. Additionally, this move might facilitate the monetization of explicit adult content on X by allowing discreet engagement, although X has not confirmed this intention.

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marshal • Edited on

I feel like this should of been an optional thing, like giving the poster an option to turn it off based on their preferences instead of just turning it off for everyone

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This has to be because of adult content. They want you to make users feel comfortable interacting with the it without fear of judgement.