Twitter contemplating on removing the 'Like' button to improve quality of debate
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey isn't too happy about the 'Like' button on the popular social media platform and feels that it must go in order to foster a healthier climate for debate, according to a report by The Telegraph. Dorsey spoke about the Like button at an event last week and said that he 'was not a fan of the heart-shaped button'.
Earlier this month, Dorsey speaking to Wired said,
We have a big like button with a heart on it and we’re incentivizing people to want it to go up. Is that the right thing? Versus contributing to the public conversation or a healthy conversation? How do we incentivize healthy conversation?
The present heart-shaped button is a successor to the previous star-shaped 'Favorites' button that allowed users to bookmark tweets for later reading. We are not exactly sure why Dorsey believes that removing the Like button can foster better debate but many Twitter users, or 'Tweeple' as they are called, are not impressed. They opine that Twitter would do best to look into other issues plaguing the platform than unilaterally decide what is best for users.
Jack Dorsey has always hinted at measures to make the platform more welcoming to healthy debate and remove some of the accusations of apathy, censorship, and political bias. Earlier this year, he called for RFPs to decide on health metrics for the platform to prevent misuse and spread of hate.
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