The Twitter Like button might well be considered an endangered species of sorts but it’s probably not going anywhere, anytime soon…
Twitter might just remove its Like button from the platform, according to a news report by The U.K. Telegraph. The news stems from an event held last week in which CEO Jack Dorsey supposedly said he, “wasn’t a fan of the heart-shaped button” and “would be getting rid of it soon.”
Twitter Considers Removing its Like Button
That ostensible rumor spread quite fast, leading to angry user responses on the microblog. Some even stated removing it from the platform would muddle-up communication, not make it clearer. However, Twitter pushed back with the following tweet:
Short story on “like.” We’ve been open that we’re considering it. Jack even mentioned it in front of the US Congress. There’s no timeline. It’s not happening “soon.” https://t.co/jXBmkudWYv
— Brandon Borrman (@bborrman) October 29, 2018
This isn’t Dorsey’s first public sentiment about the Twitter Like button. He’s commented on it before. Back in August, he revealed he’s been experimenting with new features, which included the Like button. In fact, he stated at the time, “The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we’re building into our product… I don’t think they are correct anymore.”
The discussion might revolve around psychological studies, which allege the Like button encourages social media addiction, due to others giving their validations to what’s posted. But, it’s not something set in stone. So, it will remain part of the experience for the foreseeable future.