Facebook tests 'downvote' feature for some users in the United States

Facebook tests 'downvote' feature for some users in the United States

Perhaps the single most requested Facebook feature has been the one the company has been determined not to offer: a Dislike button ...

The report suggests that when the "downvote" button is clicked, the comment is hidden from their feed.

The test is running on 5% of English-speaking Android users in the United States, and is not being tested in groups, public figures, or comments from friends. "This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only", the company said in a statement.

Giving user the option to downvote a comment raises interesting questions about Facebook's role as a publisher, rather than simply a platform, and regulation or censorship of the content it hosts.

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Facebook says the feature was created to help moderators find and deal with uncivil or inappropriate content in a more efficient way and the option only appears on public pages at present.

Facebook is testing an experimental "downvote" button as the social media giant continues its efforts to clean up its platform and reputation.

The test of the Facebook downvote button is ongoing on the public pages.

Facebook, however, denied that this is a dislike button.

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"We are not testing a dislike button", an unidentified spokesperson for the company said. The downvote test, which is now limited to a handful of United States users, looks to be a part of that. Instead, Facebook said it is a way for the company to solicit feedback. There won't be a public display of the count on how many times a comment has been downvoted.

TechCrucnch speculated that this downvote button will only appear on public pages at the start of its rollout, the comment sections most susceptible to trolling and malfeasance. He wants to do this by "protecting our community from abuse and hate" and "making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent".

The new button was first noticed by Taylor Lorenz of The Daily Beast.

What do you think of this Downvote button on Facebook?

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That could eventually lead to a way for Facebook to bury these comments, or the people that post them.

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