Twitter's founder has revealed that there are plans in place to remove the like button from the social media site to improve the level of debate among users.
On the surface, most social media sites probably don't seem that different, especially if you don't use them all. Places to post photos, keep in touch, or brag about your accomplishments. In reality, they are all typically used for very different things. Facebook is the place you don't mind your family being friends with you for the most part, Twitter is where you're more comfortable being yourself, while Instagram lands somewhere in between.
Focusing in on Twitter, the reason users of the platform are a little more comfortable being themselves is because the majority of your followers are strangers. Friend requests aren't needed, unless you change your settings, and people can simply follow the feeds of whoever they so choose. However, the freedom and current setup of Twitter has led to some instances of it coming under fire recently.
Following those issues, along with fervent requests of some of its users, changes are coming. At a recent Twitter event, covered by The Telegraph, the site's founder Jack Dorsey outlined some of those changes. One thing Twitter will be losing is the "like" button. Dorsey believes its removal will increase the level of debate on the social media platform.
According to The Telegraph, psychologists believe the "like" buttons on social media sites are one of the reasons users become addicted to them. That people quite literally crave the attention that goes hand in hand with a photo or post being liked. Some people even delete social media posts if they don't get what they deem to be a worthy amount of likes.
Dorsey said that Twitter wants to encourage "the right behaviors to drive healthy conversation." That means no more like button, although it is unclear when the little heart will be erased from the site at the time of typing this. The like feature on Twitter, that originated as a star, was intended to be a way of bookmarking tweets so that users could go back to them later. However, Dorsey obviously believes that's not what it's being used for any longer.