Popular microblogging platform Twitter has confirmed it is testing new like and dislike buttons for reactions to tweets to sit alongside the usual retweet and reply buttons.
Twitter writes that iOS users may see upvote and downvotes in several different styles (up and down arrows, a heart icon and a down arrow, and thumbs up and thumbs down icons) and that it’s testing the feature to “understand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo, so we can work on ways to show more of them.” Currently, votes are not public.
Some of you on iOS may see different options to up or down vote on replies. 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.
Your downvotes aren’t public, while your upvotes will be shown as likes. pic.twitter.com/hrBfrKQdcY
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 21, 2021
Twitter is currently only testing the feature for a small group of users on iOS, and it’s already been spotted according to multiple tweets from users that are part of the test group.
The new feature follows the exit of Twitter’s Instagram stories clone, fleets, from the app just a few months after introducing the feature which lets users on the app share fleeting thoughts every day for 24 hours before they disappear then disappear.
“we’re removing Fleets on August 3, working on some new stuff.” Twitter said in a statement, “we’re sorry or you’re welcome.”