Jul 22, 2021

Twitter trials upvote and downvote buttons

Some iOS Twitter users will see up and down votes on comments as parts of research "To understand the types of replies you find relevant", the social network says. Twitter said downvotes will not be visible to other users and will not change the order of replies. Twitter's interest in methods for users to downvote or dislike had already been trailed last year by product lead Kayvon Beykpour who tweeted it was something "We're exploring". Cody Elam, a user researcher at Twitter, tweeted that the change "Gives people the power to privately voice their opinion on the quality of replies without publicly shaming others while also giving us more nuanced feedback." Presently twitter allows users to hide individual replies to their tweets so that other users need to click if they wish to read them.

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