Facebook tests new "downvote" feature for reporting comments

The downvote button is intended to act like a community-controlled comment system similar to the pattern followed by Reddit

The downvote button is intended to act like a community-controlled comment system similar to the pattern followed by Reddit

Facebook, the world's mostly used social network is finally bringing a downvote button for at least comments at first. On Thursday, one Facebook user made fun of that 2016 post saying that he would use the "magnificent" downvote button to "knock down all the negativity across the internet".

Once you hit the DownVote button, the comment will hide and you would be offered three more options to choose, "Offensive", "Misleading", and "Off Topic".

While it's unclear how widely the dislike button is being tested, word of its existence didn't take long to spread, and those familiar with similar systems of ranking on other platforms took note. Instead, what they are doing is to see how users will be able to give feedback not about the posts but about the comments in posts that are set to public. It's now only visible to a small group of people in the US.

When the downvote button is clicked, the selected comment is hidden.

Facebook confirmed it was experimenting with the feature with 5% of Android users in the United States, as a way to help the site gauge whether certain comments on public posts were inappropriate. It appears next to the regular Like and Reply buttons underneath a comment. The company said it has no plans to expand the test as of now. Reddit founder and CEO Alexis Ohanian noticed that of course and tweeted that he wished he had trademarked it. People on the network can upvote or downvote comments on the various threads and Facebook seems to have been taking notice and maybe adapting it for its own. They have even shared proper Screenshots about this new DownVote feature as well. Unlike reactions, there will be no downvoting count as well. The giant might release the same update to other regions before hitting to global markets.

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