The button is intended to notify Facebook about uncivil or misleading comments. — Reuters picSAN FRANCISCO, Feb 9 — Facebook Inc is testing a button that would let users “downvote” other people’s comments on public posts.
The button, which simply says “Downvote,” appears to the right of “Like” and “Reply” options below a comment. The button is intended to notify Facebook about uncivil or misleading comments. The world’s largest social network is testing it in the short-term for a small percentage of US users, and it currently doesn’t affect how prominently a post is featured in a list of comments, a company representative said.
A wider implementation of the button would go against Facebook’s prior stance that any kind of downvote or dislike button would spread negativity on the site. In a rethinking of the “Like” button in 2016, for example, the social network added a slate of other reactions, including “Love” and “Sad,” meant to be emotions in response to a post, rather than judgments on the post’s ranking.
The test was reported earlier by the Daily Beast. The feature is similar to one in use on the online bulletin board Reddit.