Yesterday, Twitter started globally rolling out Fleets. The company teased one of its upcoming feature, Audio Spaces. Apart from the announcement, Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour hinted that the company is ‘exploring’ the possibility of adding a dislike button.
Beykpour revealed this in response to cybersecurity expert Jackie Singh’s tweet that wished Twitter to ‘focus on real problems’ such as coordinated inauthentic behavior, spreading wrong information, and harassment in the platform. However, this does not mean that the company will immediately add a dislike vote button right away.
In the follow-up tweet, Beykpour specifically mentioned that launching a downvote button is not the one and the only solution so the company is exploring other incentives and disincentives too.
To be honest, adding a downvote or dislike button will come with its own set of disadvantages on Twitter. A Twitter user eventually argued that downvotes have the potential to get abused on the platform.
Beykpour said, “that’s true about pretty much *any* mechanic at scale (including Likes / Retweets / Tweets!). The difficult but important part is finding a balance of incentives that rewards positive behavior & disincentivizes toxic behavior. I think we can do better than what we have today.”
Currently, the easiest way to stop seeing something that you don’t prefer or like on Twitter is reporting it as ‘I’m not interested in this Tweet’. Through this is not as effective as unfollowing or blocking the account, Twitter stops showing similar contents frequently in your feed.
It will be interesting to see how Twitter plans to implement downvotes or a dislike button without incentivizing potential abuse of the button. There is no official information that when can we expect the company to roll out the new feature so if something pops, we will keep you updated with the latest developments.