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.
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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)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.