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Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Twitter tests a downvote system, and the anti-like is finally here

Built-in burns.

Twitter wants your help spotting trash replies.

The social media giant announced Wednesday that it's testing a new system for both upvoting and downvoting replies. According to Twitter, the goal is to help it identify what type of content users want to see.

"Some of you on iOS may see different options to up or down vote on replies," explained Twitter. "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."

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Notably, Twitter made it clear that this test doesn't represent a new way to ratio people.

"Your downvotes aren't public," said the company, "while your upvotes will be shown as likes."

Twitter first teased the idea of a downvote system in November of 2020, but at the time the company insisted that it frequently explores new features and that often those features never launch for the broader user base.

Apparently, Twitter upvotes are one step closer to launching.

We reached out to Twitter to determine how many users are seeing this test, and if the test is limited to certain countries. We also asked if the company is concerned that a program designed to show people more (and presumably less) ill-defined types of content may fuel conspiracy theories regarding "shadow banning."

SEE ALSO: Twitter 'exploring' adding a dislike button or downvote system

"Votes are not public and do not impact the ranking of replies," replied a Twitter spokesperson. "In an experiment group the Like button is removed for Upvote, and in this case Upvotes count as Likes."

Meanwhile, Reddit, which popularized the upvote system, chimed in with some thoughts of its own.

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It's a reply which got our upvote.



Source : http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/Nphp1Dg_krs/twitter-test-upvote-downvote-system

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