As much as I’ve tried to wean myself off social media due to the toll it’s taken on my mental health ever since I made the fateful decision to sign up for Facebook in high school, I just can’t bear to tear myself away thanks largely to the inordinate amount of pleasure I get out of watching the endless amount of drama that unfolds courtesy of people who are Mad Online.
While I’m occasionally unable to resist the urge to get into it with morons in comment sections or hop into the mentions of someone who tweeted out an idiotic Hot Take, I generally try to stay above the fray; if I were to compare the internet to the “Malice at the Palace,” I would’ve been one of the fans gleefully watching the chaos unfold from the stands as opposed to the guy who would’ve been knocked into another dimension if Jermaine O’Neal hadn’t slipped prior to throwing a punch.
A few years ago, Facebook tested out the option to give users a way to rustle some jimmies with a single click when it tested out a “dislike” button that was ultimately never rolled out to the masses who’ve been demanding it for a while, forcing people to resort to the “Angry Face” reaction or actually take the time to type out a statement voicing their unhappiness with whatever triggered their displeasure.
Other social media platforms have also strayed away from providing you with a way to express your dislike for something—including Twitter, which currently only gives you the option to like, retweet, or reply to a post (although the people behind a particularly awful tweet can still experience some backlash in the form of the dreaded Ratio).
However, on Tuesday, Kayvon Beykpour, who serves as Twitter’s “Product Lead” (a title that comes with responsibilities I’m not going to even pretend to understand), revealed the company is “exploring” the possibility of adding a button to allow you to voice your displeasure without having to try to own someone in a quote tweet.
The development was shared in a reply to Jackie Singh, a cybersecurity expert who encouraged her to provide users with features they actually want as opposed to ones no one asked for or really gives a shit about—including the “Fleets” it recently introduced.
#1, 2 and 4 are literally our top priority (making the public conversation on Twitter) and has been for years. We’ve made a lot of progress but still lots to do. We do feel it’s important to solve other problems too! As for #3, this is something we’re exploring.
— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) November 17, 2020
This seems like a pretty obvious copout and I’d be shocked if this was something Twitter was seriously pursuing, but with that said, the Special Agent Fox Mulder in me wants to believe.