Twitter to remove the red, heart-shaped 'like' tool in a bid to improve the quality of debate
For improving the quality of debate on the social network, Twitter is planning to remove the like tool.
CEO of twitter, Jack Dorsey last week admitted at the twitter event that he was not a fan of the red heart shaped button and that it would be removed from twitter soon.
In 2015, the Feature was introduced to replace “favourites”, a star-shaped button that allowed people to bookmark tweets to read later.
To show the appreciation of people’s content “like” buttons have become a central function of every popular social media services since Facebook introduced them.
In March 2018 Twitter introduced “bookmarks” for saving tweets, signalling a pivot to a new system. A Twitter spokesman said: “At this point, there is no specific timeline for changes or particular planned changes to discuss.
“We're experimenting and considering numerous possible changes, all with an eye toward ensuring we're incentivising the right behaviors to drive healthy conversation.”
Mr Jack Dorsey is under a pressure to clean up his platform, which came under attack by Russian trolls who used it to spread fake news ahead of the US election and the European referendum in 2016.
In recent weeks, Mr Jack Dorsey has been vocal about ongoing experiments behind the scenes at Twitter to help make it what he describes as a “healthier place” by reducing “echo chambers” and cracking down on misinformation.
He has hinted that he will be bringing in an option to edit tweets, change the verification process so that a blue tick is no longer a preserve of celebrities and “influencers” and that it could change how users’ follower counts are displayed.
In twitter, people were pretty surprised by Jack attitude to the “like” button.
The like button was added to Twitter in 2015 as replacement for the previous favorites button, which was star-shaped.