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Twitter Heart a Goner? Idea Gets Zero Likes

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By    |   Monday, 29 October 2018 07:42 PM

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey reportedly said he is planning to get rid of the platform's heart-shaped like button "soon," but the feature is not going anywhere just yet.

The Telegraph early Monday broke Twitter hearts across the social media site with its report Dorsey declared he was not a fan of the "like" feature and it would soon be gone.

The heart button was introduced in 2015 to replace "favorites," a star-shaped feature that let people bookmark tweets to read later.

In a statement, Twitter said the fate of the like button, along with many other features, is being assessed as part of an ongoing look at how the company can encourage "healthy conversation," but there were no immediate plans for changes.

The statement did not mention the Telegraph's report of Dorsey's remarks.

Reaction to the news was mixed.

"In human-speak, Twitter is no more considering removing the like button than it is considering removing any other of its other existing features," New York magazine's Madison Malone Kircher wrote.

Other users argued Twitter's troll problems would not be solved — and could get worse — by doing away with the feature.

In the meantime, Twitter has been purging fake accounts from the site and suspending and permanently banning some high profile users for hate speech.

Twitter came under fire Saturday for failing to remove the accounts of the Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending package bombs to high-profile Democrats and CNN.

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey was reportedly planning to get rid of the platform's heart-shaped like button "soon," but it will not be going anywhere just yet.
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