Shortly after Twitter announced its dislike button, it appears TikTok has also decided to jump on the same bandwagon. This is confirmed by the social network itself, making it clear that it is currently a function in the testing phase.
Through a publication on its official blog, the company included the dislike button in its community guidelinessection detailing some of the ways TikTok enforces security policies on its platform.
At this time, the company has not explained how the “dislike” button will work in the app. However, some people have posted images in which they are already available. As we can see, this feature will not be used to rate the videos themselves; but the comments within them. Something quite similar to what Twitter did with the same button in its app.
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Of course, TikTok clarified that neither the authors of the comments, nor the rest of the users, will know the number of “likes” that have been distributed. In fact, in the screenshots uploaded to Twitter, we can see that the number of “likes” keeps appearingsomething that does not happen with the new function.
TikTok wants to maintain healthy coexistence in its app
Dislikes have been debated for a long time. Indeed, several months ago, YouTube decided to remove the counter of Do not like in all the videos on your platform. In this way, the only ones who have access to the amount are the creators of the videos and anyone else. The move was widely criticized by creators and consumers alike, but it looks like the waters have already calmed down.
However, in the case of TikTok, it seems that this function is much more limited. In fact, this appears to be a feature that, rather than helping users sabotage or harass a certain individual, achieves to let moderators know platforms on content that may be harmful or irrelevant to the rest of the people in the app.
The function too used to classify comments in the application. This will also allow creators to have more control over which of them are more visible than others.
We’ve started testing a way for people to identify comments they find irrelevant or inappropriate. This community input will add to the range of factors we already use to help keep the comments section always relevant and a place for genuine engagement.
To avoid creating turmoil among community members or demoralizing creators, only the person who “dislikes” a comment will be able to see that they did.