Facebook is testing a 'downvote' button, here's what it means

Facebook testing 'downvote' button on users' comments

Facebook Says It's Not Testing A "Dislike Button", But A "Downvote" Button Is Definitely Out There

Facebook is now testing a new option called "Downvote" to allow flagging of inappropriate comments.

Many users picked up on this new feature cropping up for them on Twitter and other forms of social media, which they are comparing to Reddit's community-controlled comment system.

When tapped, the downvote button hides a comment, and gives users additional reporting options like "Offensive", "Misleading", and "Off Topic".

The new Facebook "Downvote" button was seen in certain comments inside some posts by public pages.

Speaking at a town hall event in September 2015, Zuckerberg said he didn't want Facebook to turn into a place where people "upvoted" and "downvoted" comments.

It's important to remember that Facebook often tests out new products on subsets of its users, and doesn't always make them available to everyone. Facebook's downvote feature simply flags content as inappropriate or offensive.

However it has been reported by the company that there are now no plans to expand the feature. Facebook has said that this is a test for a limited time period and it won't affect the ranking of the posts in any way.

In case you are wondering if its a "dislike button", its not, at least that is what Facebook is saying.

Facebook testing 'downvote' button on users' comments
Facebook testing downvote button to effectively flag inappropriate comments

No, this is not a dislike button, as explained by a Facebook spokesperson, who also added: "We are not testing a dislike button".

"We are not testing a dislike button".

We've reached out to Facebook for more details, and will update this when we hear back.

But it looks like Facebook is going to explore downvote, at least on some public posts in the US.

Regarding the development, Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian Sr., whose site popularized the downvote button, jokingly said that he wished he had trademarked the said button along with the "upvote".

Under the GDPR data protection rules, companies such as Facebook will be expected to report data breaches within 72 hours and allow customers to export as well as delete their data.

Instead, the Menlo Park, California-based company offers the reaction options allowing users to respond to the posts with different emotions such as love, wow, haha, angry or sad emoji.

It's similar to the built-in reporting tools the social media giant now offers, and it's much easier to find than the "hide" and "report" buttons.

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