Maybe they’ll do us all a favor and do away with the whole thing next?? Twitter is honestly a nightmare social media scenario of a slew of voices screaming at the same time as though each one is the most important – so kind of like any given Real Housewives reunion special. Naturally, I can’t live without it. People are especially drawn to Twitter since it’s where Donald Trump goes until the wee hours of the morning to hurl out his nonsense. Others just go for the nudes that gay porn stars post that Instagram would literally block their ass for posting. Or so I’ve heard.
Anyway, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has heard everyone’s griping about how his social media spawn is getting messier these days and ruining every family holiday, and he thinks removing the like button is going to class the place up a bit.
The Telegraph says the move is meant to improve the kind of debate that goes on. Twitter is already a barrel of hissing possums that post memes of unflattering photos of any given politician, so I don’t really know how taking away the ability to like something is going to change people from still being assholes. Jack apparently spoke at an event recently and said he “was not a fan of the heart-shaped button” and that it would be gone soon. Mashable reminds us of Jack’s words at a conference earlier this year regarding the liking feature:
“We have a big like button with a heart on it and we’re incentivizing people to want it to go up. Is that the right thing? Versus contributing to the public conversation or a healthy conversation? How do we incentivize healthy conversation?”
I mean, call me a loon (most people do), but I’d rather someone just like something rather than attempt and fire off 890-part Twitter threads about why their neighbor is a moron for voting for whoever or whatever they voted for. Learn from the Real Housewives: let someone else do the dirty vitriol for you, like it, and move on! People obviously freaked out, and Twitter had to come out with a response that basically says cool it — the like button is here to stay while they mull it over:
As we've been saying for a while, we are rethinking everything about the service to ensure we are incentivizing healthy conversation, that includes the like button. We are in the early stages of the work and have no plans to share right now. https://t.co/k5uPe5j4CW
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) October 29, 2018
Whew! How else were we supposed to know what kind of S&M shit Armie Hammer likes?!