Facebook Testing ‘Downvote’ Button

Facebook Testing ‘Downvote’ Button

by Toma Habashi, 10th May 2018

After years of public demand, Facebook has finally started to test a “downvote” button in New Zealand which will allow users to downvote inappropriate comments in order to hide them.

A Facebook spokesperson said, “the motivation behind the downvote button is to create a lightweight way for people to provide a signal to Facebook that a comment is inappropriate, uncivil, or misleading.” – TechCrunch

“We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts.”

The discussion site Reddit has a successful “down vote” option that reduces the visibility of unpopular posts. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tweeted that he was “flattered” by the “downvote” tool.

Facebook has announced that there are no immediate plans to roll it out across the social network. However the trial appears to be a so far, so good” scenario.

“Not every moment is a good moment,” said the man himself Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook. The question still remains, “why wasn’t this implemented years ago?” We look forward to seeing more of the down vote button and how it all plays out.


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