Twitter is testing "dislikes" on the Reddit model

Twitter is testing dislikes on the Reddit model

For now, the feature is for internal use only and the number of negative votes will only be visible to the authors of the tweets

(photo: Alastair Pike / Afp via Getty Images) There may be other big news in sight for Twitter. According to what was announced in the past few hours by the same company, the platform is testing a new type of reaction that does not want to be called "I don't like", but which looks a lot like us.

Some users of the social network from iOS can already see a new button that looks like Reddit's negative vote in replies to tweets.

According to the announcement, Twitter's goal is to be able to gather enough data, so the platform can work on ways to bring out more relevant answers. In long threads, for example, the best replies don't always show up immediately and could be buried under tons of less relevant or useful tweets.

Some key notes about this experiment:

1. This is just a test for research right now.

2. This is not a dislike button.

3. Your downvotes are visible to you only.

4. Votes won't change the order of replies.

- Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 21, 2021

Twitter is testing different designs for this new feature. Testers will see the negative vote button next to the Like heart, while others will see thumbs up and thumb down icons.

From Twitter reports the number of negative votes obtained by a response will not be visible to the public and the negative votes of users will be visible only to them. Meanwhile, positive ratings will be displayed as likes.

Photo: the design of the new function, via Twitter At least for the moment the votes will not change the order of the answers, as happens on Reddit which rewards the most popular ones and hides those that receive many negative votes. . Which confirms that this experiment is for internal metrics only.

This isn't the first time Twitter has started testing Reddit-like functionality. A few months ago, the social network began experimenting with Facebook-style emoji reactions that also included positive and negative vote buttons.

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