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Not dislike: Facebook test runs 'downvote' button

10 February 2018

Despite the social media company's claim that it is "not testing a dislike button", there is clear evidence that Facebook is working on a downvoting feature for comments.

One user even said that it would just function like Facebook's "hide" option, and it's only "going to become more prominent" through a new button.

While it's unclear how widely the dislike button is being tested, word of its existence didn't take long to spread, and those familiar with similar systems of ranking on other platforms took note.

According to news site Tech Crunch, Facebook is concerned with giving people a chance to make their opinions on the comments to public page posts matter.

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For his part, user Dustin Hensley said in a post that the feature would be "good for people".

Facebook is the world's biggest social network with over a billion registered users. The giant has also added that, this new DownVote feature is not for the commenter or the user, but to moderate the users' behaviour through Facebook.

The downvote button will eventually appear in the area where you would normally "Like" a post or reply to a comment.

To give users greater expression, Facebook introduced a raft of emoticons to express outrage, shock or affection on comments in February 2016. Nevertheless, it is quite presumable that the Menlo Park-headquartered company will be able to enhance user engagements through the new move as more users would get a chance to mark inappropriate comments - at least, initially on public page posts.

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Over the years, people have debated about the possible introduction of the dislike button to the social media platform.

The dislike button allows users to downrank specific content. We could expect this feature to go live globally in the coming days as the testing is here for a limiter period of time only.

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Not dislike: Facebook test runs 'downvote' button