Over the years there have been two missing components everyone on Twitter moans about: the notorious edit option and the dislike button. Well, it turns out we might be getting one of those in the future.
A tweet from security expert Jackie Singh suggested that Twitter should work towards improving user experience regarding harassment and reporting and also add a dislike button or downvote capability. “Instead of feature development how about you focus on the following REAL PROBLEMS instead: > Removing all coordinated inauthentic behavior > Improving user experience regarding harassment and reporting > Add dislike button or downvote capability > Disinformation harming users.”
Responding to which Beykpour wrote: “#1, 2 and 4 are literally our top priority (making the public conversation on Twitter) and has been for years. We’ve made a lot of progress but still lots to do. We do feel it’s important to solve other problems too! As for #3, this is something we’re exploring.
Notably, the micro-blogging site has drawn flak in the past for not adding the capability to edit tweets or the option to dislike a post or comment.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Twitter announced it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.
The new “fleets” which had been tested in several countries in recent months are “for sharing momentary thoughts” and aim to bring in users who want to avoid having their comments become permanent fixtures, according to a Twitter blog post.
“Those new to Twitter found fleets to be an easier way to share what’s on their mind,” said Product Manager Sam Haveson and Design Director Joshua Harris in the blog post.
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One for the haters: Twitter considers adding a dislike button.
Twitter is currently concentrating its efforts on cutting the spread of inauthentic behavior, enhancing the safety of its users with better tools to curb and report harassment, and cracking down on misinformation that could have harmful effects on its users.
Anyone who actively uses Twitter already knows the company has spent a considerable amount of time battling harassment and the spread of misinformation on its platform. Indeed, it has introduced a slew of features aimed at solving those two issues over the years.
More recently, the company shared it had labeled over 300,000 tweets for election misinformation, some of which was posted by none other than US President Donald Trump.
To be fair, Twitter has previously experimented with the idea of a dislike button, although not quite in the same way its “like” button works.
The company had briefly made it possible for users to report tweets they don’t like, but it was impossible for other users to see a tally of the dislikes a tweet had received. It’s unclear if Twitter is exploring any alternatives beyond this, but time will tell.
Until then, you’ll simply have to do with the good old ratio.