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?