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X introduces new downvote button feature

X introduces new downvote button feature

Dowvote Feature

Elon Musk is making another big change to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. The repost, like, and reply buttons and their counts will be removed from users’ timelines. This means that users will no longer see the familiar engagement buttons on individual posts in their X timeline.

To like or reply to a post, users will have to swipe left or right instead of clicking buttons. iOS users can also force touch a post to open a menu with more options. The only metric that will still be visible on posts in the timeline is the view count, which will be shown in the upper right-hand corner of each post.

Many users are not happy with the removal of these engagement features. In response to a user who criticized the change, Musk defended it and encouraged using swipes for interaction. Musk has made many changes to the platform since he bought the company in October 2022.

Musk alters post interaction options

The biggest change was renaming Twitter to X last summer. Last month, Musk changed the visibility of “likes” on the platform.

Now, only the post’s author can see who liked their content, and third parties can no longer access this information. Musk has wanted to simplify the interface and reduce what he considers unnecessary interaction metrics for a long time. In a subscriber-only post last October, he announced plans to remove the action buttons and their counts, leaving only the view count visible unless users tapped into a post.

Not all of Musk’s changes have lasted. For example, X previously removed headlines from article links in posts because of how they looked, but later brought them back after users complained. The upcoming redesign has caused debate among users, with some supporters telling others to give the change a chance.

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Musk has said that if many people dislike the new design, they will be willing to change it back. Like many of Musk’s decisions, this move tries to make the platform match his vision, even if X’s users may resist it.

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