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A new test on Facebook is causing unrest among users. Finally, the feature could support stalking.

When you post a story as an Instagram user, it is exciting to see how many people and who exactly has looked at this story. Be it to see if the crush caught the mail or for creators and companies to know which people have reached them. But now Facebook wants to restrict this data. Several users report that they no longer see individuals in their story statistics. Instead, only the number of viewers is displayed.

„We’re trying someting new“

The social media expert Matt Navarra asked on twitter according to experience. Several users reported that they were shown a pop-up announcing the disappeared story views. Twitter user Elodie Flenniau posted a screenshot of the pop-up.

So far, Facebook users can see in the statistics of their story how many people have looked at their story. You will also receive a list of all viewers and their reactions. After the pop-up, this is no longer possible, which means that users can now look at stories without the creators noticing. In addition, many users share their stories publicly, so that everyone could look at stories undetected. In the settings when creating a story, however, you can adjust who can watch the story.

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There is no feedback from Facebook as to why they are experimenting with the restricted story views display. For a few months now, Instagram users have been able to make the number of likes on their feed posts disappear. This should prevent unhealthy comparisons with others and bring back the fun of posting. It is unclear whether the stories are based on the same idea.

For a simplified netiquette? It is no longer strange when ex-partners are watching the story

Andrew Hutchinson of SocialMediaToday assumes in his article on the subject that Facebook wants to avoid unpleasant situations, such as when colleagues look at the vacation story or ex-partners are always the first viewers:

[…] if your new colleague is checking out your holiday snaps, maybe that’s a little weird, and maybe it could make things strange at work, even though it’s a relatively harmless action. I’d assume that’s what Facebook is looking to avoid, those potentially awkward circumstances where someone is checking out your content which might make you feel uncomfortable, even though there’s no ill-intent on the part of the viewer.

That would be an explanation, but users still have control over who can watch their story and even have the option to exclude individuals from it. So there is no reason for Facebook to adopt this decision for all users. Because it can be important and interesting, especially for companies and creators, to know who is looking at the stories. There are still no indications as to whether the test will also be introduced on Instagram.

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