Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Facebook Testing 'Downvote' Button For Comments

Facebook Testing 'Downvote' Button For Comments

The "Downvote" button doesn't have a dedicated icon for now as it is simply seen as an option under each comment, as seen in the screenshots.

A Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying this feature was only being tested on a small set of people in the United States and was to help people give a feedback about comments on public page posts.

"We've been listening to people and know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel", the company said at the time.

"We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts".

The social media website has a button to let users flag inappropriate comments and hide them from the feed. However, "downvote" is a much softer, more approachable phrasing that could essentially do the same thing.

It's called the "downvote", and it rolled out yesterday to a small subset of Facebook users: 5 percent of people who were accessing Facebook in the United States on Android phones.

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Facebook is testing a downvote button, but only for comments made on public post, the company confirmed in a statement. Facebook will then let you alert the company about the post, but the whole process isn't exactly intuitive. So although the firm cannot have a "dislike" button per say, at least it can have the feature in disguise.

It is unclear how Facebook is planning to expand the use case of the downvote button in the future.

Unlike the Reddit version of the tool, the Facebook downvote, in its current form, will not publicly show how many downvotes a comment has received nor will it affect the ranking of a comment, post or Page. On the other hand, people believed it is resembling with "dislike" button. It's exclusively limited to providing feedback to Facebook about certain content.

Responding to the original post, one person wrote: "I was just thinking that Facebook needed more negativity".

Facebook still has some reluctance over the dislike button and as Zuckerberg has said in the past, they do not want the platform to be one about upvotes and downvotes.

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