In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and co-founder, confirmed that the company is working on much demand Dislike, button by its users. Fast forward to 2018, while Facebook has yet to add the Dislike button on its platform, it did end up adding emoji reactions that the users can pick to respond to posts or images. Back then, Zuckerberg explained this movement by commenting, We did not want to just build a Dislike button for us do not want to turn Facebook into a forum where individuals are voting down or up on people’s posts. That does not seem like the type of community we would like to create.

However, the social media networking giant has now shown that it is testing Reddit as downvote, button that will allow users to flag and hide comments in the news feed. The new option was spotted by many users on Thursday in Facebook groups below the comments on posts, next to the like, and reply, buttons and old Facebook memories content. Confirming the news, Facebook in a statement said, We’re not testing a dislike button. We’re exploring a feature for individuals to give us your opinion on the comments on public page posts. This is running for a small set of individuals in the United States only.

The new feature seems to give users the capability to downvote a comment. When the downvote button is clicked, the user is given the option to flag the post as offensive, misleading, or off topic. The selected comment is then hidden from the user. This may assist moderators at Facebook crowdsource the ranking of comments and content as unacceptable, illogical or misleading. Facebook further said that currently only 5% of Google Android users in the United States are able to run the test function for public stations in Pages.

Nevertheless, this test doesn’t affect ranking in the News Feed and the number of downvotes doesn’t affect the visibility of the post for others individuals. The new feature seems to give users the capability to downvote a comment. When the downvote button is clicked, the user is given the option to flag the post as offensive, misleading, or off topic. The selected comment is then hidden from the user. This may assist moderators at Facebook crowdsource the ranking of comments and content as unacceptable, illogical or misleading.

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