Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Twitter considering removing the 'like' button in effort to kickstart dialogue

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Kenny Thornton | 01 November, 2018, 11:40

One of the ways people interact with content they see on the platform is using the like button and it is being reported that might change soon.

Company Twitter is planning to soon abandon the "Like", said the founder of the social network of Jack Dorsey.

In 2015, Twitter substituted the star-shaped "Favorites" icon for a heart-shaped "Like" icon, which is still used today, and will be, for a while longer.

This move comes hardly as a surprise, as Twitter CEO has been quite vocal in recent weeks about his attitude toward the current like button. Yes, there is no doubt that Twitter is considering removing the "Like" button, but it will not "happen soon" as it is not as easy considering all of the users against removing it. "There is no timeline", Twitter communications VP Brandon Borrman wrote.

Nonetheless, users took to Twitter to voice their opinions, and they were not happy about it.

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The dancing pair later apologised for their actions and Katya said it was "no reflection" on her marriage to husband Neil. Strictly Come Dancing viewers were left fuming at Seann Walsh for apparently "laughing off" the recent kissing scandal .

Twitter then replied to the report and confirmed that it was "rethinking everything about the service to ensure we are incentivizing (sic) healthy conversation".

Twitter has always been criticized for not doing more to crack down on the hate speech that floods its platform on a daily basis. Some even considered that this implementation might even make the troll issues worse. Versus contributing the the public conversation or a healthy conversation? How much tentative chirpsing or friendly support will Twitter negate too? "How do we incentivize healthy conversation?"

Reaction to the news was mixed.

The social media platform, on the other hand, pushed back against claims that the change would be happening in the near future.

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