Twitter users, say goodbye to the like button


Others point out that removing likes won't necessarily fix the real problem: getting rid of abusive Twitter users, like the site's white nationalist mobs.

Following the initial report of the plans, Twitter confirmed that "we are rethinking everything about the service to ensure we are incentivising health conversation, that includes the like button".

Twitter has gone through several stages of change regarding their "like" button.

Twitter believes that the heart-shaped button could be the reason for "social media addiction", meaning users often seek validation based on the number of likes they have.

Not only will removing the like button mean you simply won't be able to "like" content on the platform, but you also wouldn't be able to use it support others, or agree with something in an argument.

A user's list of bookmarked tweets can be viewed by anyone. After all, when Twitter made a decision to change the gold star icon that used to represent the "favorite" action into a more Facebook-like red heart, i.e., a "like", many kvetched that the change would alter the meaning of their interactions with other users. Initially called the "favorite" button, the feature was represented as a little star, and it was used as a placeholder for tweets you wanted to remember or links that you thought were worth your time. But is the heart-shaped "like" button on each tweet actually at risk in the quest for "incentivizing healthy conversation"? In August, Dorsey had said the company was working on redesigning features including the like button, but again, a timeline was not quoted. "How do we incentivize healthy conversation?"

Twitter is considering a lot of things to make their platform even better and healthier for all the people out there. There's an increasingly vocal demand from users that the platform take sweeping, firm stands against hate speech and violence, but Twitter, so far, has focused instead on "tools" and "rules" over "values".