Facebook reportedly testing out a "downvote" (not dislike) button

Facebook Downvote Button

In a bid to promote more "meaningful" posts for its users, Facebook is now testing a downvote button for flagging comments.

Facebook is now testing a "downvote" button, effectively creating a counter to the classic "like" button and giving users the opportunity to dislike a friend's post, according to reports.

The feature appears to give users the ability to downrank comments and could potentially lead to offensive or inflammatory content being pushed to the bottom of the feed, an interesting possibility given the social media giant has rejected requests for a dislike button in the past "on the grounds that it would sow too much negativity".

Facebook has clarified that the feature that it is testing is not a dislike button. Facebook is reportedly "exploring a new feature" that would enable users to give feedback on public page posts. "This is running for a small set of people in the US only", a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider. Instead of an upside-down Like to indicate you don't like the post, there's a downvote button to hide it from view.

Users started sharing photos of the mysterious button on Thursday. It appears next to the regular Like and Reply buttons underneath a comment.

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Adding on to reports of the downvote feature, it was reported that a similar button was witnessed along with a video uploaded to Twitter.

DownVote button will be located right besides the like button which you can see underneath the comment.

In 2015, Facebook Design Chief Julie Zhuo said she had heard users complain about only having the ability to "like" a comment.

The social media platform said it is testing the feature on a number of public Page posts as a way of asking for users' help in identifying which comments should be put to the top and which should be downgraded to invisibility.

You can find out how this new DownVote button will look like when it is finally rolled out globally from the below Tweet.


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