Twitter announced Reddit-style upvotes and downvotes and Reddit had the perfect response

Twitter is going through changes.

It recently ditched “fleets” – which were akin to “stories” used by other social media platforms – and it is also testing the option of having live audio discussions on its site.

And now, the social media platform has announced it is testing a feature in which – as well as liking posts and comments as usual – users will be able to downvote a response.

It said it was “testing this to understand the types of replies you find relevant in a convo, so we can work on ways to show more of them” and added that the downvotes will not be made public, while the upvotes will be shown as likes.

Reddit similarly allows users to endorse or reject comments by up or down voting them and Twitter’s suspected homage hasn’t gone unnoticed by the platform.

Posting on Twitter, Reddit simply posted this meme:

But Twitter’s version will not be exactly the same. Unlike with Reddit, the downvotes will not be visible at all so it is just being used by Twitter to learn what sort of content people like on the platform.

Nevertheless, people expressed their support for Reddit and clearly enjoyed the drama between the two sites:

Others suggested that Reddit was not behind the technology and pointed to other platforms who have also used up and downvotes:

The drama is enjoyable, but whether downvotes will catch on or go the same way as fleets is a matter for time to decide.

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