Twitter to remove ‘like’ tool in a bid to improve the quality of debate

Twitter to remove ‘like’ tool in a bid to improve the quality of debate
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO (Image: YouTube screen grab via New York Times)

[Ed. – Stroke of genius]

Twitter is planning to remove the ability to “like” tweets in a radical move that aims to improve the quality of debate on the social network.

Founder Jack Dorsey last week admitted at a Twitter event that he was not a fan of the heart-shaped button and that it would be getting rid of it “soon”.

The feature was introduced in 2015 to replace “favourites”, a star-shaped button that allowed people to bookmark tweets to read later.

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Similar buttons to “like” or show appreciation of people’s status updates, pictures and videos have become a central function of every popular social media service since Facebook introduced them.

But psychologists have suggested that they may be causing social media addiction. …

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