How can Facebook encourage meaningful interaction between users? By allowing them to downvote poor comments to sneak them. Facebook is testing a downvote button on a confined set of public Page post comment spindles; the company verifies to TechReviewsOnline. But what Facebook does with flags about questionable comments could mount new questions about restriction and its role as a news editor and social media company.
Facebook Is Testing a Downvote
A Facebook representative tells TechReviewsOnline Facebook that the motivation behind the downvote button is to generate a lightweight way for people to furnish a sign to Facebook that a comment is inapt, uncivil, or misleading.
Here’s the declaration Facebook provided: “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.”
This is what the downvote button looks like up close:
When tapped, the downvote button hides a comment, and gives users additional reporting options like “Offensive,” “Misleading,” and “Off Topic.” Those 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.Read on to know more about Facebook is testing a downvote.
Here you can see the downvote button on a comment thread, plus what happens when you click it. The screenshots come from Christina Hudler.
According to Facebook, this is a short-term test that doesn’t affect the ranking of the comment, post, or Page. It’s designed as a way to give feedback to Facebook, not the commenter, and there will be no publicly visible count of how many downvotes a comment gets. The test is running for 5% of Android users in the U.S. with the language set to English. The downvote button only appears on public Page posts, not on posts by Groups, public figures or users. There’s currently no plan to expand the test as is.