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Facebook is testing a 'downvote' button for users to flag comments

By midian182 · 5 replies
Feb 9, 2018
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  1. For as long as it’s been around, Facebook users have craved a dislike button. The company has long said it would never arrive as the feature could cause too much (extra) animosity on the site. Now, however, Facebook is testing a downvote button among a subset of users. It's not a way of disliking posts, sadly, but is instead used to flag them.

    Back when Facebook announced it was adding Reactions to the platform, it appeared that the ‘Angry’ emoji would be the closest we’d ever get to expressing our distaste at a post—though it wasn’t Facebook’s intention for it to be used as a dislike reaction. With the downvote button, users can signal if a post is “Offensive”, “Misleading”, and “Off Topic.”

    Facebook said that the test is being carried on five percent of Android users in the US. The downvote button, which is separate from the Reactions menu, only appears on public Page posts, not on posts by Groups, public figures or users.

    As reported by The Daily Beast, Facebook has been quick to point out that this isn’t a dislike button. “We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts,” a spokesperson wrote, “This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only.”

    Like Reactions, clicking the downvote button brings up a set of options such as the aforementioned "offensive," "misleading," and "off Topic." Selecting one does not affect the post’s ranking and the number of downvotes are not displayed; it’s currently only a way to let Facebook know about an inappropriate post by flagging it.

    Downvoting is, of course, usually associated with Reddit. Company co-founder Alexi Ohanian offered his opinion on Facebook’s test via Twitter.

    As with all its experiments, there's no guarantee Facebook roll the button out to everyone. There is a chance that the feature could evolve so downvoted posts’ visibility gets reduced, but that would likely cause censorship accusations.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +901

    Facebook and Twitter have been gaming us for a long time to increase the addictive qualities of social media.

    All we'd need is a LIKE BUTTON and a DISLIKE BUTTON.

    they purposefully put stupid emojis there to make the intent of the rater VAGUE.

    Twitter for example - by not having a dislike button - has allowed that megalomaniac sociopath president to simply get away with "appearing" to be popular by quieting dissent. He can simply block people who express disfavor and no one knows who they are or how many there are.

    Having a like/ dislike button - especially with anonymous dislikes - would ensure that everyone's voice is heard.

    What a disgusting shame that the government doesn't have the right to censor and yet he can get away with censoring us in that manner.

    That's why I'll never give Facebook or Twitter a dime of my money.
  3. TFW billionaire real estate developers live rent free in your head:
    The problem with Facebook is not the same as Twitter. Twitter doesn’t need a dislike button as the flood of “negative” tweets that accompanies objectionable content suffices.

    Facebook, on the other hand, lets users police said negative feedback. It’s a hug box.

    Both are excellent for marketing, though. Just like Instagram.
  4. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +217

    I'm all for the dislike button. and a totally despise button ,
  5. JamesSWD

    JamesSWD TS Maniac Posts: 331   +182

    So...FB says a Downvote button is too emotionally traumatic for people today...but let's go with a button that signals if a post is “Offensive”, “Misleading”, and “Off Topic.” No, that won't cause any emotional trauma at all. LOL.
    davislane1 and QuantumPhysics like this.
  6. YSignal

    YSignal TS Booster Posts: 37   +27

    Ars technica uses downvotes in their comments section, and I think it sucks. People get downvoted just for citing facts, or just for lols. Too many downvotes and your post gets hidden.

    Careful what you wish for.

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