Twitter could soon start offering whole set of different ways to respond to tweets, based on hidden code spotted in the iOS version of the app. The long-rumored ability to react with emojis and downvotes now seems to be closer to launch than ever.

Twitter could soon launch reactions and downvotes, hidden code suggests

That’s as per reverse engineering tipster @nima_owji (via 9to5Mac), who has done some digging into the Twitter app code. These features aren’t actually live yet for users.

Rumors about reactions coming to Twitter have been swirling for months now. When they appear, they should work in a similar way to the equivalent feature on Facebook. You’ll be able to add a thinking face, sad face, a laughing face, a clap or a heart to any tweet that you come across on the platform. As for the downvotes feature, this is something else we’ve heard about before, this time through official channels. With more of Twitter app code now geared up for downvote support,it’s going to roll out widely soon.

Twitter adds more context to replies

There’s no doubt that Twitter can be an incredibly entertaining, educational and fun digital place to be – but it’s true that abusive and negative comments are widespread on platform.
With emoji reactions and downvotes. Twitter is giving itself a whole host of new ways to collect data about the quality of a tweet whether or not it’s worthy to be viewed by the wider public.
The reactions also add something that Twitter doesn’t necessarily have a lot of at the moment: nuance. The options to like and reply are of course very useful, but sometimes you do want to show empathy.

While any change to Twitter is likely to rile some of its userbase, these two incoming changes look like well thought-out, helpful additions to functionality of the social media platform – and we’re looking forward to being able to try them out.You may notice that some replies in a conversation are not shown in chronological order. For example, when ranking a reply higher, we consider factors such as if original Tweet author has replied. Just like you can see the total number of likes and Retweets for any Tweet, you can also see how many people are participating in conversation by the reply count. You’ll see a number next to the reply icon  indicating how many direct replies the original Tweet has received. This number is not the total number of replies in the entire conversation.