A thumbs down icon inside the Twitter app, previously noted by Nicholas Iglehart, is just an experiment for now.
Is Twitter preparing to let us “dislike” content on its platform? off course not.
Yesterday, a Twitter beta user noticed that the standard menu at the bottom of Tweets – which typically includes comment, retweet, like and bookmark icons – was now displaying a thumbs down option as well. “Holy sh—- Twitter added a dislike button!!!” Written by Nicholas Iglehart.
The tweet went so far as to weigh in on Twitter less than an hour after it was posted. The company explained that the downvote option was “an experiment to help us better understand the types of answers that are relevant to you in a conversation.”
Twitter later took to its @TwitterSupport feed to explain that “your downvotes are not public, while your upvotes will be shown as likes.” It then emphasized that “this is not a dislike button” and that votes, up or down, would not change the order of answers.
Still, an in-app note from Twitter posted by Iglehart said, “We’re testing dislikes on replies.”
Whatever you call it, the prospect of the dislike button prompted concerns about harassment from users. A coordinated campaign to dislike selfies, news about a new project, or general reflections on life are unlikely to help the discussion on the Internet. Of course, you don’t need a dislike button to make a derogatory comment on Twitter; Just hit that reply or quote-tweet button.
Last year, Twitter added the ability for users to choose who can reply to their tweets when they compose a message (everyone, people you follow, only people you mention). Recently, it updated that option with the ability to retroactively change reply settings.
Up or down votes have long been a staple on the web; You can still see them on sites like Reddit and Pandora. And in 2017, Netflix replaced its five-star rating system with a thumbs up or down (in part because that five-star system allowed people to organize coordinated review-bombs.)