Twitter is testing a ‘dislike’ button

Twitter is testing a dislike button on a segment of the platform’s users, the company confirmed on Wednesday. 

The social media platform is testing the option to help the company understand "what people think is valuable to the conversation."

"Some of you on iOS may see different options to up or down vote on replies," Twitter wrote on its platform. "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."

The company noted that downvotes aren’t public, while upvotes will be shown as likes. 

The latest test is similar to what its social media competitor Reddit does in targeting popular and engaging posts or comments. 

In November 2020, Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's product lead, signaled that the social network was "exploring" the idea of adding a dislike button to the app. 

It remains unclear whether Twitter will expand this feature to a larger subset of users in the future. 

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