Twitter has started testing new options for users to vote the relevance of an answer with new interaction buttons that include one to indicate you have not been convinced, similar to a ‘Dislike’ button. At the moment, they are only available for some iOS users, and present different designs depending on the user who sees them as it is a test, as the company has reported in its support account.
Twitter expects people vote the relevance of a reply to a post, to continue working on new systems that allow to show more content considered relevant by users. Regarding the button designs, they are shown in pairs: a pair includes two circles, one with a positive sign (+) and the other negative (-). Another pair shows the Like heart as positive and keeps the circle with the negative sign, while the third pair consists of thumb voting: up if it is relevant and down if it is not.
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
The company details that in the metrics of the tweets negative votes will not be displayed publiclywhile positives will appear in the ‘Like’ count. Interaction with these buttons will not change the order in which the responses appear.
The social network, in turn, has clarified that although there is a button to indicate that an answer is not relevant for the conversation (with a negative sign or thumbs down), it is not a button to indicate ‘I don’t like it’ . However, this new button has already set off alarms among users who predict a use similar to that seen on platforms such as YouTube, where campaigns have been organized to harass or boycott content through negative votes.