Twitter is testing a “dislike” button on its social network. But is this really reasonable?
Almost 15 years after its launch, Twitter definitely looks like a teenager. Influenced, for example he took over the concept of Stories inaugurated by Snapchat years ago with the Fleets, before remove them. Now, Twitter is eyeing a feature on Youtube: a “Dislike” button.
The “dislike” in test on Twitter
Today, Twitter allows you to reply to a tweet, retweet it or like it. The “dislike” – long suspected on Facebook where it was finally replaced by “reactions” – is now emerging. For now, the functionality is simply the subject of a test in order to “Understand the types of responses that [les utilisateurs] find them relevant in a conversation, so find ways to display them more. “
Some of you on iOS may see different options to up or down vote on replies. We’re testing this to understand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo, so we can work on ways to show more of them.
Your downvotes aren’t public, while your upvotes will be shown as likes. pic.twitter.com/hrBfrKQdcY
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 21, 2021
Immediately after this announcement, Twitter was targeted by many Internet users who are worried that this new “dislike” button will further aggravate the sad reputation that still sticks to the skin of the social network.
Already the “quote the tweet” function has made cyberstalking easier, Twitter will now add a dislike button. You feel that the guys are keen to appease the network …
— Gigg’s (@Giggs_) July 21, 2021
nice day for the haters (myself) https://t.co/xzsw906zsj
— Kyran (@Kyran_0) July 21, 2021
The moderation of Twitter has indeed long been singled out, so that several associations had dragged the social network to French justice to keep its commitments. In early July, justice ordered Twitter to detail the means put in place to fight against online hatred.
Note, however, that, for now, this is still only a test. It is therefore not expected that the functionality will be generalized to all users, at least, ” for the time being “. The social network also specifies that these famous “dislikes” will not be visible to other users. This button will rather act as a vote to qualify the relevance of a content, a bit like Reddit.