With the aim of encouraging ‘good’ interactions between users within the social network in which it chirps, Twitter wants to avoid the presence of inappropriate comments or spam in the conversations that can be generated under a tweet. To do this, Twitter started last summer, as part of a test, asking for input from users themselves who participate in or read a conversation, giving them the ability to report inappropriate comments in a conversation. Now, the company has expanded the initially very small pool of users to test the new feature.
“Some of you on iOS may see several options for increasing or decreasing your rating on comments. We’re testing it to understand the types of responses you find relevant in a conversation, so we can work on ways to show more. Your negative ratings don’t. are public, while your positive votes will be shown as like “. This read the tweet shared by @TwitterSupport on July 21, 2021.
Seven months later, Twitter said it has learned a lot about the types of responses that users do not consider relevant and is therefore expanding the availability of the downvote to a greater number of users, which is still available as a test, so it is not a feature. official available for all users. As part of this test expansion, the downvote button will be extended to more users not only on iOS but also on the web and Android.
“We’ve learned a lot about the types of answers you don’t think are relevant and we’re expanding this test – many of you on the web and soon iOS and Android will have the ability to use comment downvoting. Negative votes aren’t public, but they will help inform us. about the content people want to see. “ reads the tweet shared by @TwitterSupport on February 3, 2022.
Users who are enabled for the downvote button, as per the attached images, see the ‘up arrow’ buttons, equivalent to the ‘Like’ and ‘down arrow’, equivalent to the ‘Dislike’ in the action bar of each comment. Negative votes are not made public, they will only serve the Twitter algorithm to better distinguish useful comments from less useful ones, while positive votes will be shown publicly as ‘Like’.
We do not know how soon the downvote button will become available to all Twitter users in the world, but the fact that Twitter has already decided to expand its availability to a greater number of users is a sign that the testing phase is proceeding with satisfactory results.
Meta had initiated a test of the downvote button in the comments under the shared posts in the social network Facebook in 2018 but it did not become an official tool. Meanwhile, Youtube has decided to hide the number of ‘Dislikes’ under the videos shared on the platform, leaving this data accessible only to the authors of the videos and to their algorithm to recommend or not videos to users during their browsing experience on the portal.