Twitter official: ‘Exploring’ the idea of adding a dislike button

A product lead for Twitter on Tuesday said that the social media platform is currently “exploring” the idea of adding a dislike button or some sort of downvote-upvote system in the same vain as Reddit, Mashable’s Jack Morse reported.

Jackie Singh, a cybersecurity expert for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, in response to the platform adding a new “fleets” feature meant to compete with Snapchat and Instagram stories, listed four areas in which the site could make some improvements in Singh’s view.

Those areas, in chronological order, were: “Removing all coordinated inauthentic behavior,” “Improving user experience regarding harassment and reporting,” “Add dislike button or downvote capability,” and “Disinformation harming users.”

In response, Kayvon Beykpour, a product lead at Twitter, said that “#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.”

It is not yet known when this feature might be officially introduced or what it would look like exactly, that’s assuming this will actually materialize, however.

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