How can Facebook promote meaningful interaction between users? By letting them downvote inappropriate comments to hide them. Facebook Confirms The Testing Of Downvote Button on a limited set of public Page post comment reels. But what Facebook does with signals about problematic comments could raise new questions about censorship, and its role as a news editor and media company.
How does the downvote works?
According to the reports from Fastcompany,”When a user clicks on the button, they then have the option to label the related content as “offensive,” “misleading,” or “off topic” before it is hidden from their view.“
Here’s the statement 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.”
It’s also says that the feature would work different to likes . Users won’t see how many downvotes a comment has because it’s not a user-facing feature. Instead, it’s designed to be an easy way to report inappropriate content.
Nevertheless, it’s still the first time Facebook is testing anything similar to a “dislike” button. Allowing for content that’s offensive or relevant to be pushed to down to the bottom of a comment feed.