Twitter is going to allow more of us to test downvoting tweets

As we all continue to wait for an edit button, Twitter is currently focused on testing the ability to dismiss tweets, and that’s going to get more of us trying it out.

The experimental feature was demonstrated last July to a small group of iOS users. The downvote button takes the form of a down-pointing arrow icon to the right of the heart icon. Initially it was a single line arrow inside a circle, but the latest version is a larger arrow outline as shown in the tweet below.

Last year’s tests must have yielded positive results as the downvote button is rolled out to more users on Android, iOS, and the web. Twitter Support announced the expansion, saying, “We’ve learned a lot about the types of replies you don’t find relevant and we’re expanding this test.”

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Since downvoting is not a public feature, no one will see them except those with access to Twitter’s test and development team. If you’re lucky enough to be selected, use your newfound power wisely as your behavior could help determine whether downvoting becomes a core feature of the service. The fact that Twitter is rolling out the feature to more users after six months of testing suggests it’s more likely to be.

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