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Facebook (finally) testing a Downvote button

Facebook downvote button being tested early February 2018 (Source: @TaylorLorenz)
Facebook downvote button (Source: @TaylorLorenz)
Although the long-awaited Dislike button is far from arriving, Facebook confirmed they are currently testing a Downvote button that allows users to flag and hide comments.

Facebook has been around for ages, but there are still some basic things missing. Some might not agree with this, but a Dislike button was and still is definitely needed. However, we are not going to receive that one anytime soon, so if you are using an extension that puts a Dislike button on your screen, let it be and do not remove it yet. For now, Facebook has confirmed that a Downvote button is being tested and its purpose is to give feedback about comments.

Without further ado, this is Facebook's statement: "We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts. This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only." 

When used, the Downvote button hides a comment, offering additional reporting options such as Offensive, Off Topic, or Misleading. For now, Facebook says this is only a short-term test that has no impact on the ranking of any comments, posts, or pages. Only 5 percent of Android users in the US with the language set to English have access to it at this time, so it might take a long time for this feature to roll out globally.

If you had the power to decide, what would you choose: add a Downvote button, a Dislike button, both, or none?


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02- 9 (Update: 2018-02- 9)