Twitter started testing the option to downvote replies last July, this option was initially given to a select group of web users but is now being shown to iOS and Android users worldwide said the company.
Twitter said results of the experiment so far found that users downvoted replies they found offensive or irrelevant. “This experiment also revealed that downvoting is the most frequently used way for people to flag content they don’t want to see,” said Twitter.
Twitter’s conclusion so far is that access to downvoting “improves the quality of conversations on Twitter,” suggesting the feature might eventually graduate to become a permanent addition to the site.
We’ve been testing how we can surface the most relevant replies within Tweets with the use of downvoting on replies. As we’re expanding the experiment to a global audience, we want to share a little about what we have learned thus far!
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 3, 2022
Do note that the downvote button isn’t a dislike button that won’t change the order of replies. According to Twitter, it will only help the company understand what kind of content its users want to see.