Facebook testing 'downvote' button

SAN FRANCISCO, California (KETK) - Facebook is testing a "downvote" button, according to multiple news outlets.

TechCrunch said a Facebook spokesperson has confirmed to them that the social media giant "is now testing a downvote button on a limited set of public Page post comment reels."

When tapped, the button hides a comment and gives users additional reporting options such as "offensive," "misleading" or "off topic."

The button is intended "to create a lightweight way for people to provide a signal to Facebook that a comment is inappropriate, uncivil, or misleading," according to TechCrunch.

The reporting options could help Facebook figure out if the comment is objectionable, a form of “fake news”, or just irrelevant.

Facebook already has a “Hide” button for comments, but it’s usually hidden behind the drop-down arrow on comments rather than immediately clickable.

Downvoting a comment does not affect the ranking of the comment, the post or the page, according to USA Today. The button will simply provide Facebook with feedback and allow the FB algorithm in deciding which comments to show at the top of the discussion.

News reports say Facebook is testing the button on 5 percent of Android users in the US whose language is set to English.

"Downvoting" was made popular by Reddit, the social news aggregation and discussion website.

In reaction to the news of the Facebook downvote test, Reddit founder and CEO Alexis Ohanian tweeted:



The company says it doesn’t have plans to expand the test.

Facebook is also stressing that downvote and a dislike button are not one and the same.

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