Here's why Twitter might be removing the 'like' button

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Twitter is reportedly thinking of removing the like button from the social network. Versus contributing to the public conversation or a healthy conversation? Initially called the "favorite" button, the feature was represented as a little star, and it was used as a placeholder for tweets you wanted to remember or links that you thought were worth your time.

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, explained at an event last week that he would like to soon.

"Some expressed fears that without the button, retweets and argument would be the only means of communication", reported The Verge.

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Twitter, along with Facebook, has been the center of attention in terms of cyber-bullying and fake accounts that have caused controversy over political elections in the US since the 2016 presidential election.

'We've focused most of our efforts on removing content against our terms, instead of building a systemic framework to help encourage more healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking.

Here's the thing: there are a plenty of other, obvious ways of helping positive conversations take on Twitter, like banning nazis or taking user reports seriously, for example.

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However, Twitter seems in no hurry to push changes out the door.

While this may not always trigger longer, more considered interactions I don't think this is the source for most Twitter toxicity. There is no confirmation as yet on when the change will come into effect, but it will likely happen sooner rather than later.

Twitter is considering a lot of things to make their platform even better and healthier for all the people out there. Both functions shared the same objective, where users can still interact with a tweet but not have it shown as publically as retweeting or commenting.

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The firm continues to face big concerns around the proliferation of hate speech, harassment and other toxic user behavior on the site.

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