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Last year, Twitter’s chief product officer Kayvon Beykpour confirmed that the social network was “exploring” the idea of adding a dislike button to the app. Now, it appears that Twitter is in the early stages of testing a dislike/downvote button for some users on iOS. Twitter confirmed this new test in a tweet posted to the Twitter Support account. The company says that some users on iOS will see new upvote and downvote options on tweets. Downvotes will not be shown publicly, while upvotes will be shown as likes, the company says, implying that the feature is only intended for internal metrics.

According to Twitter, the goal of this new test is to “understand the types of replies you find relevant” in a conversation. The prompt that appears to users in the Twitter for iOS app reads as follows: "Dislikes aren’t public or visible to the author, while Likes are. They both help us understand what people think is valuable to the conversation."

Twitter is testing multiple different designs for this new feature, including upvote and downvote buttons, likes and dislikes, and pairing the classic heart with a downvote, as seen in the image above. Again, the important thing to remember here is that this is a test and none of the information is publicly shown. The ultimate scope of this test remains to be seen, and it’s unclear whether Twitter will expand these features beyond the current small subset of users.

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2 hours ago, Villanelle said:

It's stupid, same with Facebook emojis, it gives racists, homophobes, misogynists etc a way of reacting to things

This. YouTube's like this. For instance, Covid-19 related videos are always downvoted by anti-vaxxers dead2

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8 hours ago, Villanelle said:

It's stupid, same with Facebook emojis, it gives racists, homophobes, misogynists etc a way of reacting to things

It's bad in general cause if someone don't like you he can start spamming dislikes in every post of you and reduce your tweets visibility. nicki5 Even tho the dislike wouldn't be visible to us.

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On 7/22/2021 at 12:56 PM, Villanelle said:

It's stupid, same with Facebook emojis, it gives racists, homophobes, misogynists etc a way of reacting to things

 

On 7/22/2021 at 2:47 PM, Princess Aurora said:

This. YouTube's like this. For instance, Covid-19 related videos are always downvoted by anti-vaxxers dead2

 

On 7/22/2021 at 9:17 PM, Shego said:

It's bad in general cause if someone don't like you he can start spamming dislikes in every post of you and reduce your tweets visibility. nicki5 Even tho the dislike wouldn't be visible to us.

Yes, but it also could give a way for people to distinguish facts vs hoax. I mean, it's still pretty much a mess but, hey, it's a double-edged sword kind of scenario I guess.

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When the official Twitter account announces it and they get mass disliked  

@fab is already making a downvote script for Twitter as I post this

It's stupid, same with Facebook emojis, it gives racists, homophobes, misogynists etc a way of reacting to things


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