Twitter makes likes easier to use in its twttr prototype app. (Nobody tell Jack.)

On the one hand, you’ve got Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lamenting the “like” button’s existence, and threatening to just kill the thing off entirely for incentivizing the wrong kind of behavior. On the other hand, you have twttr — Twitter’s prototype app where the company is testing new concepts including, most recently, a way to make liking tweets even easier than before. Confused about Twitter’s product direction? Apparently, so is the company. In the latest version of the twttr prototype, released on Thursday, users are now able to swipe right to left on any tweet in order to “like” it. Previously, this gesture only worked on tweets in conversation threads, where the engagement buttons had been hidden. With the change, …

Free speech row as US TV channel forces removal of tweets

Starz criticised over Twitter takedown of users links to news story about pirated shows A US TV channel has forced Twitter to remove tweets linking to a news story about pirated content including tweets from free speech campaigners complaining that the social network was removing other peoples tweets. Starz, the network that airs reported on a leak of promotional copies of those TV shows and others. TorrentFreaks story did not contain any links to the pirated material, although it did include four screenshots of the content in order to report the alleged source of the leak. But when TorrentFreak tweeted a link to the news story, Starz sent Twitter a legal demand to remove the tweet, alleging it infringed the …