Facebook is testing a Reddit-like downvote button, but it’s not a “dislike” button. Instead, it’ll be used to gain feedback on public posts and act much like the existing anti-abuse features on Facebook, according to a company spokesperson who spoke to TechCrunch:
“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.”
Here’s how it works: When the comment downvote button is tapped, the comment disappears from view and users are given three labels from which to choose: “Offensive,” “Misleading”,, and “Off Topic.” The data will be available to Facebook, and not the commenter or poster who submitted the content, in order for the social network’s moderators and algorithms to determine “good” and “bad” posts.
It’s similar to the built-in reporting tools the social media giant currently offers, and it’s much easier to find than the “hide” and “report” buttons. And unlike “likes”, the downvotes won’t be publicly visible, so users won’t know how much their or any other person’s posts have been downvoted.
The downvote button hasn’t rolled out widely yet. It’s part of a short-term test that won’t affect rankings of comments, posts, or pages.
“We didn’t want to just build a Dislike button because we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Q&A back in 2015. “That doesn’t seem like the kind of community we want to create.”
The test is currently made available for 5% of Android users in the US with the English language setting.
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