Facebook Dismisses Dislike Button Rumors, Quietly Tests New Button

Facebook confirms test of a downvote button for flagging comments

Facebook testing 'downvote' option after calls for a 'dislike' button

Despite the social media company's claim that it is "not testing a dislike button", there is clear evidence that Facebook is working on a downvoting feature for comments.

What do netizens think of Facebook's plan to include this "downvote" button?

See what Facebook's statement says, "We are not testing a dislike button".

While this has been a long-pending move, Facebook has continued to operate with the Like button itself. 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.

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Other social sites such as Reddit have a "downvote" option that reduces the visibility of unpopular posts.

Although a seemingly simple button, some wonder whether this is Facebook's way of censoring its users, as it takes on a more responsible form of communication this year.

Facebook, yesterday, announced a couple of new integration and features that are all targeted at bettering users videos experience on the Facebook app. Facebook is reportedly "exploring a new feature" that would enable users to give feedback on public page posts. It appears next to the regular Like and Reply buttons underneath a comment.

Netizens have expressed concern over the planned "downvote" button in the comments section of Facebook, fearing it may be exploited by trolls and bots, and cause deeper political divisions. But, don't get puzzled with it as a dislike button, because it is not. The test is presently quite limited, just for a small set of people in the U.S. only. But not all users were able to see the button, according to the Daily Beast. It appears to be mainly to make Facebook a more people-friendly place for interactions and also to give Facebook the option to obtain some insights on how its users react to different types of discussions.

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