Facebook trying on 'downvote' button

Facebook trying on 'downvote' button

Facebook trying on 'downvote' button

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.

Why is Facebook experimenting on this new feature?

A report that appeared on The Independent noted that a Facebook user's News Feed showed the option to "downvote" comments, alongside the Like and Reply buttons. However, the "downvote" button Facebook is testing should help clean up some of the hateful comments and fake news posts that are now wreaking havoc on the social media platform.

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The downvote button is being tried out by a small number of US users.

The giant further added, this is not a dislike button.

Many Facebook users have advocated for a "dislike button" ever since the creation of the "like button". This is where a dislike button was required.

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"One of the things we've heard people tell us over and over again is they want a "Dislike" button, because not everything is likeable content", Zhuo said at Fusion's Real Fortune Fair in 2015.

The social media platform said it is testing the feature on a number of public Page posts as a way of asking for users' help in identifying which comments should be put to the top and which should be downgraded to invisibility. "That's why today we are launching Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way". The downvote button, for right now, only appears on public Page posts, not on Groups posts or those from individual users. Should Facebook just roll out a dislike button?

Other people will not know when a comment has been downvoted.

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According to Facebook, the feature test will affect about 5% of Android users who have "English" set as the default language in the app. Perhaps they were on to something, however, as the downvoting system could also be utilized by users to abuse or bully each other.

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