Twitter is a blessing and a curse. It allows breaking news to be spread in an instant! It also allows misinformation and blatant propaganda to spread just as fast. It allows you to easily reach out to your favorite celebs! It also allows vicious strangers to brutally threaten and harass these same celebs, often without consequences. It empowers the voice of Resistance! It empowers the voice of a shit-ton of Neo-Nazis, who are shadow-banned in Germany’s version of Twitter but can totally tweet it up in the States! So, what does founder Jack Dorsey plan to do to make Twitter less toxic? Kill off the “like” function—just like no one asked for!
The Telegraph reports that Dorsey recently declared at a Twitter event that the little heart reaction to tweets would be gone “soon.” Reportedly, Dorsey hopes the end of “likes” would enhance the “quality of debate” on the site. He said in part: “We’re experimenting and considering numerous possible changes, all with an eye toward ensuring we’re incentivizing the right behaviors to drive healthy conversation.”
The people of Twitter do not like this news.
I don’t want to debate anyone I literally just want people to like my selfies and writing. @Twitter WHY ARE YOU TAKING THE ONE THING I LIKE ABOUT YOUR DUMB SITE— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) October 29, 2018
if twitter takes away the like button how are we going to find out which specific types of bondage porn turn on armie hammer— a-hex-is dreadd (@alexisthenedd) October 29, 2018
what will we use to harmlessly flirt if not twitter favs— karen han (@karenyhan) October 29, 2018
Trying to console gay Twitter if they take away the "likes" feature. pic.twitter.com/IpTbZUDtuG— Kyle Stevens (@cinementalist) October 29, 2018
Cool so if they take away likes on twitter how will I feel anything at all— Rachel Sennott (@Rachel_Sennott) October 29, 2018
Twitter removing likes is going to be the thing that kills this platform because no one will know how to politely end a conversation anymore— Erica (@aurahack) October 29, 2018
Twitter is killing getting ratio-ed.— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) October 29, 2018
Because THAT is the biggest problem on here. 😑 pic.twitter.com/7DlUwsxNbU
PEOPLE: ban nazis!— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) October 29, 2018
TWITTER: great idea, we’re going to remove the “like” button.
PEOPLE: so …to stop hatred, you’re removing the easiest way of expressing kindness?
TWITTER: got a better idea?
PEOPLE: ban nazis!
TWITTER: sorry, but it seems no one “liked” your suggestion.
Not to get too political on here but maybe instead of likes, Twitter should get rid of Nazis. Pretty sure Twitter likes didn’t shoot up a synagogue or send anyone bombs.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 29, 2018
But hey, maybe the Telegraph was wrong and Dorsey is not as dumb as this decision suggests?
Apparently, the story about Twitter removing the Like button is not accurate and based on only one quote. Wow, poor Jack; I can't imagine what it's like to be the victim of quickly spreading misinformation. Thoughts and prayers.— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) October 29, 2018
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