Facebook tests new "downvote" feature for reporting comments

The downvote button is intended to act like a community-controlled comment system similar to the pattern followed by Reddit

The downvote button is intended to act like a community-controlled comment system similar to the pattern followed by Reddit

Nevertheless, the availability of the downvote button does bring Facebook one step closer to a typical media company as it would give the social media community a way to censor comments that are questionable with respect to a particular post.

As reported by TechCrunch, the downvote button is a way for people to provide a signal to Facebook that a comment is inappropriate, uncivil, or misleading.

According to users who have observed the addition of the new button, clicking on the downvote button will hide the comment from the user.

"We are not testing a dislike button", Facebook said in an official statement. Instead, it's exploring a feature for users to give it feedback about comments on public page posts. "This is running for a small set of people in the USA only.", the spokesperson said about the new feature. The social network was keen to stamp out any excitement over what many will perceive as an alternative to the "like" 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.

Giving user the option to downvote a comment raises interesting questions about Facebook's role as a publisher, rather than simply a platform, and regulation or censorship of the content it hosts.

A downvote button actually makes sense instead of a dislike button since it's far less harsh than fully disliking a comment.

It is unknown whether the feature will be rolled out more widely at a later date. Moreover, TechCrunch reports that the downvote button only appears on public Page posts and not on posts by any Groups, public figures, or users. And hence, don't forget to comment your opinions on Facebook below. They can even undo the action. But, don't get puzzled with it as a dislike button, because it is not.

Over the years, people have debated about the possible introduction of the dislike button to the social media platform. The giant might release the same update to other regions before hitting to global markets.

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