Facebook Reportedly Testing A Feature Everyone Has Always Wanted: A Downvote Button

Audrey Hill
February 11, 2018

It's not clear whether Facebook will eventually roll out the downvote button to all users, but in a statement to Gizmodo, the social network said the test was brief and distanced itself from the notion that the new button is in any way similar to a dislike button. Instead of an upside-down Like to indicate you don't like the post, there's a downvote button to hide it from view.

Facebook is testing a new feature, a "downvote" button that will help users flag content.

Facebook confirms it is testing a downvote button, but clarifies it is not a dislike tab. As mentioned, Reddit employs an upvoting and downvoting system, but that has shown mixed results, and some communities even turn the feature off altogether to prevent brigades of downvoters ganging up on a user. It seems that #Facebook insisted on mentioning that the #Button was not a 'downvote' button as some users were expecting.

The downvote for comments is being tested among a small group of users and of course there's no way to force yourself into that subset. "We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts", a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch.

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Over the years, people have debated about the possible introduction of the dislike button to the social media platform.

According to users who have observed the addition of the new button, clicking on the downvote button will hide the comment from the user. "This is running for a small set of people in the USA only".

The new button was first spotted by Taylor Lorenz of the Daily Beast. But, don't get puzzled with it as a dislike button, because it is not. This may lead to some false reports as well, you can speculate what would happen if a comment goes against any particular interest or preference. But the company at the initial stage, as claimed by an early report.

Meanwhile, some pointed out that Reddit already has a "downvote" button.

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