Facebook Updates Features of Public Pages, No More Like Button

Facebook Drops Like Button From Public Pages in Major Redesign

Facebook said this will simplify the way people connect with their favorite Pages.

Today, Facebook says the new experience will officially begin to roll out to all Facebook Pages over the months ahead. This would allow users to discover and join conversations, follow trends, interact with peers, and engage with fans using Pages.

The new streamlined layout for those pages will make it easier for people to see the page biography, posts and other important information, while providing a clearer distinction for the page owners and administrators between their personal profiles and the public page. Starting today with an unspecified amount of pages, there will be a new design, a dedicated News Feed, a Q&A format, and more that Page managers will be able to utilize.

The most significant change with this refresh is the removal of the like button and like count, which is pretty shocking given that the like button has been a hallmark of Facebook's for over a decade.

Social networking giant Facebook Inc has dropped the "likes" button from its public pages after undertaking a redesigning exercise. The dedicated news feed will also suggest new connections to the pages.

A new text-based question-and-answer format was introduced to support richer and more interactive discourse. Comments from Pages will be shown at the top of comments sections, and there will be a follow button next to those comments. Followers will be able to ask the Page questions about a topic.

One of the biggest changes about the new Page design is that it does away with "Likes". This could be particularly useful for businesses that want to answer common questions in a fun way for fans to get to know a creator they like, among other things. Public pages will assign and manage admin access permissions in a better way for specific tasks.

Facebook said the new Facebook Pages layout will rollout over the coming weeks. "This will also ensure account safety and integrity", Facebook said in the blog. So users spreading hate speech, sexual or spammy content on the platform will be identified very fast.