Twitter looking to remove 'like' button to improve debate

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There's a rumor swirling that Twitter may be removing the "like" button from the social media site!

In 2015, Twitter substituted the star-shaped "Favorites" icon for a heart-shaped "Like" icon, which is still used today, and will be, for a while longer. According to The Telegraph, getting endorsements, such as in the form of likes, can be an addictive behavior for some users and cause them to delete their posts if they don't get enough signs of approval. "At this point, there is no specific timeline for changes or particular planned changes to discuss", they told the British newspaper.

Twitter, in a statement, said the fate of the like button, along with many other features, is being assessed as part of an ongoing look at how the company can encourage 'healthy conversation, ' but there are no immediate plans for changes. "In March 2018 Twitter introduced 'bookmarks" as an additional option for privately saving tweets.

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"We're experimenting and considering numerous possible changes, all with an eye toward ensuring we're incentivising the right behaviours to drive healthy conversation".

It has become an easy hiding place for cyber bullies, with some celebrities deleting their accounts after incessant harassment from Twitter "trolls".

This move comes hardly as a surprise, as Twitter CEO has been quite vocal in recent weeks about his attitude toward the current like button.

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