The downvote button now tested by some Facebook users in Australia and New Zealand

Facebook dislike/downvote button under testing on mobiles in New Zealand and Australia (Source: Daniel Van Boom/CNET)
Facebook dislike/downvote button under testing (Source: Daniel Van Boom/CNET)
The testing of the downvote button continues with a limited number of Facebook users, but now this feature rolls out to those in Australia and New Zealand. Just as before, this button allows the users to provide feedback about the comments on public posts, so the dislike button remains nothing more but a wish that Facebook continues to ignore for the time being.
Codrut Nistor,

Earlier this year, Facebook began testing a downvote button but only made it available to a limited number of users in the United States. Now, the same button — which has nothing to do with the dislike button that many Facebook users have been waiting to become available for years now — rolls out to some Facebook users across Australia and New Zealand.

According to a Facebook spokesperson who talked with CNET, "we're running a small test in New Zealand which allows people to upvote or downvote comments on public Page posts. Our hope is that this feature will make it easier for us to create such spaces, by ranking the comments that readers believe deserve to rank highest, rather than the comments that get the strongest emotional reaction."

This test comes as a direct consequence to the pleas of the users who told Facebook that they need to get "spaces where people with different opinions can have more constructive dialogue." Although Facebook only mentioned New Zealand, Australian users of the social network also reported the limited-scale introduction of this feature.

Sadly, it seems that the dislike button that we're all waiting for is not coming in the foreseeable future. Back in February, a Facebook representative said that the company was not testing such a feature. Since the latest statements do not even mention the dislike button, it is rather safe to assume that Facebook is still not working on it, so we can only hope they add it as soon as possible.

From the Facebook user's point of view, I can say that I'd like to see a dislike button much more than one that allows me to downvote comments — and I am not even touching the way Facebook (or the third parties it outsources this task to) handles reports.


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Codrut Nistor - Senor Staff Writer - 5411 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
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.
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