Facebook says it’s testing a ‘Downvote’ button instead of working on a ‘Dislike’ button that many users have long desired. The social media tycoon is testing the new feature on public pages to indicate nasty, inappropriate or misleading comments. Once you tap on the Facebook Downvote button, it will hide a comment, providing you additional reporting options such as ‘offensive’, ‘off topic’, and ‘misleading’.
However, a real Downvote feature has the potential to be misused on the world’s biggest social media platform – users could use it anything on a comment they don’t like, though the comment is in no way inappropriate or deceptive. The Company said that the Facebook Downvote button doesn’t work like Reddit’s downvotes. Users will not be able to see how many downvotes a comment gets. A Facebook spokesperson said,
“We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts.”
This will help Facebook find out if the comment is objectionable, a form of ‘fake news’ or just irrelevant. The social media network already has a ‘Hide’ button for comments but it’s typically hidden behind the drop-down arrow or comments instead of immediately clickable.
In accordance with the Company, Facebook Downvote button is a short-term test that doesn’t influence the comment, post or page ranking. It’s intended as a way to give feedback to Facebook, not a commenter. Also, there will be no publicly visible count of how many downvotes a comment has. At the moment, Facebook is testing Downvote for 5% of Android users in the U.S. with the language set to English.
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The Facebook Downvote button only emerges on public page posts, not on posts by groups, public figures or users. For now, the Company reveals no plans for its expansion.
One of the most-requested features on Facebook is a dislike button, which has not offered yet. Instead, it built Reactions, letting users respond to posts and comments with haha, wow, love, sad, and angry emoji, among others. The Company also introduced reactions for Messenger with the option to give messages a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, showing agreement or disagreement.
However, the new Facebook Downvote button is the closest the Company has come to actually give users a dislike button. The latest feature ties in with Facebook’s recent change to improve its users’ well-being by prioritizing News Feed content that drives meaningful interaction rather than useless posts.
Given users the ability to help control public behavior on the site could help Facebook collect data and insight into the types of discussions users are interested in. In addition to this, it would even help the Company to comprehend the tone and content of comments that appear to the top.
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