Another big change that no one asked for is coming to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

X plans to redesign How content is displayed in users’ feeds by removing interaction and engagement buttons from posts. This means that the repost (also known as retweet), like, and reply buttons will no longer appear on every single post in a user’s X timeline.

Along with removing the buttons, the repost, like, and comment counts of each individual post will also be removed.

Instead of tapping a button, X wants users to swipe left or right on a post to like or comment. X for iOS users can also force-click a post to open a menu with more options.

The only visible metric for the post in the timeline is the number of views, which is moved in the top right corner of the message.

The upcoming X post design change was first spotted by MacRumors researcher Aaron Perris. X owner Elon Musk has since confirmed it’s coming.

The response from most users so far has been negative.

“It’s awesome,” says Musk said in an answer to a user who criticized the change in response to a video showing off the new design. “Just swipe left to like and right to comment.”

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Musk has long wanted to remove repost, like buttons

Since taking over the company in October 2022, Musk has made some significant changes to the platform then known as Twitter. The most notable change is the service’s name. Musk dropped “Twitter” for “X” last summer.


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The most recent major change on the platform came last month, when Musk received the most ‘likes’ on the platform private. Previously, users could click on “like count” and see a list of users who liked a post. Now, only the user who published the post can see which users liked it. Third parties can no longer see who liked what.

Now that Musk has confirmed that he will be removing the repost and like buttons from posts, he will be implementing another change he has long wanted to make.

“We will then remove all action buttons and their redundant interaction counts from the main timeline,” Musk said. Posted in a subscriber-only post on X last October. “Only the view count is displayed unless you tap on a post.”

It’s worth noting that Musk also had X developers that same month remove heads of article links shared within posts because he found it aesthetically unappealing. That change was also widely criticized by X users.

Less than two months later, X ended bring back headlines to posts that contain links to articles, albeit with a slightly different layout.

Could we see the same thing happen with repost and like buttons if removing them proves disastrous? Seems like it.

In responses to one of his biggest supporters on X, who advocated giving the change a try, Musk confirmed that they would change it back if it didn’t work.

“If it’s really that bad, they’ll change it back,” said the X user.

“Yes,” replied Musk.