Twitter is testing new additional features effective this week. One is a new banner that shows users when their accounts are suspended or locked. Another is a new way to interact on the platform using upvote or downvote buttons. Read on to explore the uses of these new features.
Banner for Suspended or Locked Accounts
Twitter is creating easier and much clearer ways to remind users of the rules within the platform. And as one way to do that, the social media giant is testing a new notification banner. Initially, Twitter informs its users through email whether there are issues with your accounts such as being locked or suspended. And in case you don’t get to check your email, you will have no clue why you don’t get to send your tweet.
But now, Twitter is making it much more obvious and something you will definitely not miss. CNET reported the new feature which is a banner showing that your account is suspended/locked. The social media giant announced through a tweet yesterday.
In case you get to see this banner, it means that your account violated certain rules within the platform. This results in a read-only mode meaning you cannot Tweet, Retweet or Like content within a certain amount of time. You also cannot create new accounts. Users also have the option to submit an appeal if ever they believe the suspension is wrong.
Upvote and Downvote Buttons
Aside from the new banner for suspended/locked accounts, the company is also testing another interactive feature. TheVerge reported that Twitter is testing upvote and downvote buttons on tweets. As everyone knows, Twitter’s current panel of options include like, retweet, and reply. However, the company tweeted that it is testing this feature to a small group of users on iOS to see how effective it is.
Some users already tweeted their reactions to the upvote and downvote buttons. Additionally, the buttons do not look the same for all users part of the testing group. Some may see an up and down arrow. Others may have thumbs up or thumbs down. Twitter also added that the downvotes are not public.
This new feature is obviously similar with upvote and downvote buttons used in Reddit to highlight favorite replies in a certain post. The difference is that Twitter’s buttons will not impact the order of the tweets. Others may look at this feature as a great interaction tool, while others believe that it may result in more online hate and misunderstanding.
All these new features are still under the trial period. Depending on the feedback of users, whether it will be a permanent part of the platform. Recently, reports about CEO Jack Dorsey stating that “Bitcoin will be a big part of Twitter’s future” have also surfaced. This means that bitcoin is more likely to be used in the platform’s products such as Super Follows and Tip Jar. Continue to be updated with the latest update with the next report to come.