Facebook looks to be testing comment downvoting

Facebook testing 'downvote' button on users' comments

On Twitter Some Facebook users have reported about "downvote" button in the comment section of posts on public Facebook pages.

When a user taps the downvote button, they are presented with three options: Offensive, Misleading and Off Topic.

A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to The Verge that the new feature is being tested but that it is not a dislike button.

At the moment, the testing is now running for only five percent of USA -based Android users.

While the company stresses it is not a "dislike" button, Facebook is exploring the possibility of letting users downvote comments. Facebook did clarify that this downvote feature is specifically for public comments made on Pages, for the time being.

Thus, the Facebook downvote button would help the company to display better and "meaningful" interactions, along with complementing the surveys that the company is using now to understand the public perception of news sources. Yes, Facebook is testing a downvote or even potentially a "thumbs down" system for posts on the social media site.

As of now, it's unclear how widely the dislike button is being tested or when it will be rolled out to all users. The downvote test, which is now limited to a handful of US users, looks to be a part of that. Facebook has enough problems without allowing users, particularly the more toxic variety, to spread their unique brand of attention seeking.

Facebook testing 'downvote' button on users' comments

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

How the downvote button looks on mobile.

"That doesn't seem like the kind of community we want to create", Zuckerberg said back then. It is just a mechanism to report a comment to Facebook, the company said.

Soon after this, the social-media platform launched the emoji "reactions" feature, which represents itself as a perhaps friendlier alternative to the dislike button.

The problem with giving users' the ability to flag up people's posts is that groups can abuse the power to silence people they disagree with. Is this something you want to see on Facebook?

However, people are already questioning whether adding a downvote button is a good idea.

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