Facebook is testing a 'downvote' button, here's what it means

That same year, Facebook launched emoji "reactions," which it positioned as a friendlier alternative to the "dislike" button. With the new downvote button, users will be better placed to report such comments though let's just hope the new feature is used wisely enough and not grossly misused.

Facebook is not testing a "dislike" button.

Refuting any testing for a dislike button and detailing the arrival of the downvote button, a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch, "We are not testing a dislike button".

Only a handful of users are seeing the new feature, and it's only integrated into certain types of posts, according to The Daily Beast. When selected, the button offers reporting options like "Offensive", "Misleading" and "Off Topic".

Nope, it's not a full-on "Dislike" button, but it's close - a "Downvote" button, similar to Reddit.

That has shifted the balance away from the most important thing Facebook can do - help us connect with each other. Facebook has said that this is a test for a limited time period and it won't affect the ranking of the posts in any way. Or would you prefer a Dislike button more?

Facebook said there are now no plans to expand the feature. The aim to make it easier for users to provide feedback is thus evident and expresses the seriousness of the social media platform's intention to keep its contents qualitative as per social standards.

Thus, the Facebook downvote button would help the company to display better and "meaningful" interactions, along with complementing the surveys that the company is using now to understand the public perception of news sources.

What Facebook has been trying to avoid: the negative and sometimes abusive interactions that sometimes occur with downvoting on Reddit. For instance, people can abuse it by simply using the button to anything they don't agree with regardless of whether or not a comment or post is inappropriate or misleading. Sound off in the comments of what you think Facebook should do.

  • Carolyn Briggs