Forget dislike; Facebook is testing a 'Downvote' button to moderate comments

Facebook testing 'downvote' button on users' comments

Facebook testing 'downvote' button on users' comments

It's not the much asked for "dislike" feature, but the downvote button, now being tested through select users in the U.S., is meant to inform Facebook about any comment or content one finds "inappropriate, offensive, or misleading". "We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts", the spokesperson said.

Besides the buttons "like" and "reply, ' a handful of users are as well seeing the 'downvote" button below the comments of Facebook posts. For the downvoting button, the company admits that only 5 percent of US Android users can use the new option.

Facebook is testing a Reddit-style downvote button for comments on public Page posts, a brand-new mechanism and a major change in how Facebook grades content.

Facebook says the feature was created to help moderators find and deal with uncivil or inappropriate content in a more efficient way and the option only appears on public pages at present. Well now, Facebook has started testing a new button called Downvote. It's part of a short-term test that won't affect rankings of comments, posts, or pages.

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Facebook has previously experimented with a dislike button.

"One of the things we've heard people tell us over and over again is they want a "dislike" button, because not everything is likeable content", said Facebook design chief Julie Zhuo at a Fusion's Real Fortune Fair in 2015. The update was released to quell persistent demand for a dislike button.

It also suggests that Facebook is taking its role as a defacto news publisher and media company more seriously, despite the company insisting that it is simply a platform for sharing with no real responsibility for content. He said in December 2014 that he did not want to make Facebook a "voting mechanism".

There is also no public display of how many downvotes a comment receives.

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Instead, the Menlo Park, California-based company offers the reaction options allowing users to respond to the posts with different emotions such as love, wow, haha, angry or sad emoji.

The new button was first noticed by Taylor Lorenz of The Daily Beast.

A "dislike" button has been on many users' wishlist since Facebook rolled out its "like" button in February 2009.

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