Will Twitter Ditch The Like Button?

Is Twitter ditching its like button in the name of “healthier” conversations? CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly floated the idea at an event, last week.

This is an interesting thought. My first reaction was along the line of WTF. But that strong reaction made me pause and wonder what if.

I don't think removing the like button by itself would accomplish the goal of reducing 'echo chambers' because the retweet button still exists.

In my circle of Twitter followers, I see quite a few 'so-and-so liked' and it does cause me to pause and see what the community finds attractive. But if the like button didn't exist would people retweet, if they're not already?

I applaud Twitter for evaluating its platform and looking at ways to reduce the spread of hate speech, but is it possible? I remember being on message boards in the mid-90s and getting belittled by strangers for my thoughts and opinions.

Most of what I was sharing was my thoughts on my favorite bands at the time, but many times I was told my opinion was wrong (if harsher terms than that). I've shut off the ability to hear anyone other my friends on Xbox Live because of the same thing. I get a message at least once during my once-a-week-relax-and-don't-think gaming session from someone who feels the desire to tell me how bad I am at a video game.

What do you think?

Is there something Twitter can do to reduce the spread of hate on its platform? Or are we're just geared to spread negativity and will find a way no matter what?

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Mike Loveday

I started my journalism career in college as an entertainment writer and eventually moved into the Sports Editor position. After graduation I worked as a Stringer for the Wilmington Star-News and covered Track & Field and Lacorsse. After eight months I was hired as a General Assignment Reporter for the Topsail Voice. In 2006, I was hired by Student Sports as a general assignment writer and moved into the role of Editor for MDVarsity.com. Purchased by ESPN in July 2008, Student Sports relaunched as ESPNRISE.com and I was promoted to the Contact Sports Editor in charge of football and lacrosse. In 2009, I took over lacrosse full-time. I am currently the Founder and COO of LaxRecords.com and the Mid-Atlantic reporter for US Lacrosse and where I manage the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 voting panel and a staff of four freelance journalists.