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In reply to: https://baty.blog/2017/likes-on-social-networks-should-be-private/

Should likes be public or private on a social network?

I like the solution outlined here a lot. This solution is clever because it capitalizes on the dopamine of passive interaction (e.g. not having to write a response, but still signaling agreement/support/like-y-ness) while disarming the issues around massive re-broadcast.

I think this sort of conscious design choice can simultaneously help prevent online harassment, preserve the usefulness and fun of social networks and not run into the trap of squashing free speech,” which seems to be the internet’s favorite excuse for not addressing systemic abuse.