A product lead for Twitter on Tuesday said that the social media platform is currently “exploring” the idea of adding a dislike button or some sort of downvote-upvote system in the same vain as Reddit, Mashable’s Jack Morse reported.
Jackie Singh, a cybersecurity expert for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, in response to the platform adding a new “fleets” feature meant to compete with Snapchat and Instagram stories, listed four areas in which the site could make some improvements in Singh’s view.
Those areas, in chronological order, were: “Removing all coordinated inauthentic behavior,” “Improving user experience regarding harassment and reporting,” “Add dislike button or downvote capability,” and “Disinformation harming users.”
In response, Kayvon Beykpour, a product lead at Twitter, said that “#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.”
It is not yet known when this feature might be officially introduced or what it would look like exactly, that’s assuming this will actually materialize, however.
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“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”
National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”
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“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.
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