Twitter said Wednesday it’s testing a way to up- or down-vote replies as part of an effort to understand what remarks users find more relevant.
In a tweet posted by Twitter Support, the company said that some iPhone users might see this option. Downvotes won’t be public but upvotes will appear as likes on a tweet.
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“This gives people the power to privately voice their opinion on the quality of replies without publicly shaming others while also giving us more nuanced feedback,” Cody Elam, a user researcher at Twitter, said in a thread of tweets.
Twitter users who spotted the new icons tweeted out images of what the new tool looks like — a thumbs-up and a thumbs-down button.
The company didn’t say how many people are part of the test but a spokeswoman said it was part of a “small research experiment.”
Some celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher say that a dislike button could help cut down on hateful comments on social media. A Twitter spokeswoman said the votes on a reply wouldn’t impact how replies are ranked, but the company is looking at how the up- and down-voting matches up to what the company suggests are the most relevant replies.