February 25, 2018

Facebook Tests Downvote Button to Hide Offensive Content

10 February 2018, 01:53 | Ross Houston

Facebook Says It's Not Testing A "Dislike Button", But A "Downvote" Button Is Definitely Out There

Facebook testing 'downvote' button on users' comments

How can Facebook promote meaningful interaction between users?

For now, downvoting a comment will only hide it from view for the particular user. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said in 2015 the company was working on a "downvote" button at the time. The new "downvote" on the other hand is rather to provide feedback to Facebook regarding whether the respective content is offensive, misleading or simply off-topic or irrelevant.

At the moment, the testing is now running for only five percent of US -based Android users.

On Twitter Some Facebook users have reported about "downvote" button in the comment section of posts on public Facebook pages. Those could help Facebook figure out if the comment is objectionable, a form of "fake news", or just irrelevant.

There is already a "Hide" option in place on Facebook for comments but it is concealed behind the drop-down arrow. The screenshots come from Christina Hudler.

Facebook said that there will be no visible count of downvotes on comments.

The test is now made available for 5% of Android users in the United States with the English language setting. In early January, the company announced a major overhaul to fill newsfeeds with more content from friends, less from pages. The new feature was spotted earlier this morning and it's now only being tested with a small number of users in the United States.

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The dislike option has been teased for many years, but has never officially been implemented until now.

Facebook has confirmed it is testing a downvote button similar to how one sees in Reddit, but this is only limited to comments on a post.

"That doesn't seem like the kind of community we want to create", Zuckerberg said back then.

In 2016, Facebook rolled out the option of choosing from a collection of emojis called "Reactions" to respond to posts or images with more nuanced emotions than "like".

"You'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media".

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has always been against a solitary dislike button.

Facebook, however, has been very keen to stress that this isn't going to be a "dislike" feature. Ranking of the comment is not affected if it has been downvoted.

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