February 18, 2019

Facebook testing "Downvoting" of comments

10 February 2018, 05:07 | Cameron Gross

Facebook testing 'downvote' option after calls for a 'dislike' button

Facebook Downvote Button

If you read this headline and thought that Facebook is going to start looking more like Reddit with upvotes and downvotes, unfortunately that is not the case.

When Facebook's downvote button is clicked, the selected comment is hidden. However, the "downvote" button Facebook is testing should help clean up some of the hateful comments and fake news posts that are now wreaking havoc on the social media platform.

After smartphones began to spread among many users, and the number of users of social networking platforms and online services for major websites keeps.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has always been adamant against adding a dislike button on Facebook, perhaps because it promotes choosing sides instead of encouraging meaningful discussion over sensitive topics or any subject where two parties are in disagreement. But, don't get puzzled with it as a dislike button, because it is not.

Facebook has clarified that the feature that it is testing is not a dislike button. On Thursday, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian described Facebook's recent move to adopt a downvote button as the "sincerest form of flattery". Moreover, TechCrunch reports that the downvote button only appears on public Page posts and not on posts by any Groups, public figures, or users.

According to BBC, "We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts". The test is presently quite limited, just for a small set of people in the USA only. Should Facebook just roll out a dislike button?

However, it does not affect the visibility of the post for other people and does not affect its ranking in the news feed.

But of course, the prime objective behind bringing the downvote button is not to enhance user engagements.

Notably, Facebook isn't alone in the Web world to offer the downvote button. also has the identical option on its platform, and Redditors commonly use it to regulate comments in a specific thread.

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