The expansion of downvote, even for few users, comes after years of rumours of a “dislike” button.
Facebook is testing a new feature Facebook downvote to let you quickly report abusive comments.
Several users spotted the downvote feature on Thursday in the comment section of posts.
A Facebook spokesperson denied that the company is “testing a dislike button” before giving information about why it is performing the test.
“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.”
Christina Hudler, who lives in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was among the Facebook users who noticed the mysterious feature pop up on Thursday. She too thought the test feature was similar to Reddit’s downvoting function.
— Christina Hudler (@hudlersocial) February 8, 2018
The Facebook downvote option could have radical implications on what types of discussions and comments flourish on the platform. However, it theoretically used to de-rank problematic comments; it is to use as a tool for abuse.
Whether Facebook will make the Facebook downvote feature official one day is unclear, but the company has promised to make the platform better for society.