Twitter contemplating on removing the 'Like' button to improve quality of debate

Twitter will soon be removing the Like button. (Source: The Verge)
Twitter will soon be removing the Like button. (Source: The Verge)
Twitter might remove the red heart-shaped Like button soon as per reports by The Telegraph. According to the report, the decision to remove the Like button is to foster a healthier climate for debate. Twitterati, on the other hand, aren't too happy with the proposal.

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. 

What do you think about Twitter's decision to remove the Like button soon? Let us know in the comments below.

(Source: Twitter)
(Source: Twitter)
(Source: Twitter)
(Source: Twitter)


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-10-29 (Update: 2018-10-29)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.