It looks like the heart-shaped “Like” button will also remain.
what you need to know
- Twitter will begin testing replies to downvotes on iOS in June 2021.
- The test is now expanding globally across platforms.
- As part of testing, it seems that the “like” button has not been changed.
Twitter announced this week that after testing the feature for the first time on iOS in mid-2021, it is expanding its testing to lower votes on the platform.
The feature acts as a sort of “dislike” button and allows users to downvote replies to tweets they find offensive or irrelevant to the conversation. However, the number of negative votes is not public.
We’ve been testing how to display the most relevant replies in tweets by using downvotes on replies. As we expand our experiments to a global audience, we’d like to share a little about what we’ve learned so far!
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 3, 2022
When Twitter first began testing the feature in June 2021, it explained that downvotes were a way to help people stay engaged in conversations by flagging content in replies they didn’t want to see. It happened shortly after Fleets’ death as Twitter tried to find ways to make the platform more engaging and get more people to tweet.
Twitter shared that those who tested the feature “agreed that it improved the quality of conversations on Twitter,” so it appears to be doing what the company wanted.
Twitter initially tested several iterations of the feature, which primarily affects how people “like” a tweet. This includes variations of the “Like” button, including arrows and thumbs up buttons similar to those on Facebook.
By expanding the test, Twitter appears to be sticking to its traditional heart-shaped button, while adding a down arrow to the mix to indicate a downvote. The test should be available to more people on iOS, the web, and the best Android phones.