Twitter likely to roll out reactions and downvotes soon, app code suggests

Earlier this year it was reported that Twitter may be looking to introduce Facebook-style emoji reactions to its platform. According to a new report based on hidden code spotted in the iOS version of the app, the reactions feature, which started being tested a couple of months ago, is set to launch soon 

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Twitter gearing up to add reactions to its platform

The report comes from reverse engineering tipster Nima Owji who in July discovered that Twitter is working on new tweet reactions which will let users be more expressive on the app. 

Previously, the microblogging platform conducted a survey with a small group of users, the questionnaire showed two sets of emoji reactions and asked the participants to select the set of reactions do like. The reactions included  Like, Funny, Interesting, Sad, Awesome, Support, and Angry emojis. 

After digging into the app’s code, the tipster discovered that these features are not live yet but the company is laying the groundwork for them. With four new reactions, “tears of joy,” “thinking face,” “clapping hands,” and “crying face,” the feature is designed to give users more options to react than to just “heart” a post. “We’re exploring additional ways for people to express themselves in conversations happening on Twitter,” a spokesperson for the micro-blogging giant said back in March.

In addition, Nima also said that the app is now able to store data about the downvotes feature, which suggests the feature could be released soon. The reverse engineer also notes that the company changed the downvote position so it will appear before the “heart” icon.

From what we know so far, downvotes will be used to filter out spammy and abusive replies. In addition, the author of tweer that gets downvoted will not be notified, and downvotes will not appear publicly on the timeline

via 9to5Mac

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