Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
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Facebook has finally introduced a 'Downvote' button

Facebook has finally introduced a 'Downvote' button

This was only visible to users in the US.

The button, which the company insists is not a "dislike" button, allows people to up or downvote comments, a bit like Reddit.

As of now, this functionality is in the testing phase and being rolled out to users in Australia, New Zealand, and some parts of the US. However, the company has had its reservations on introducing the dislike button. As of now, only a group of users are able to test the new button.

A variation of the feature was spotted in the USA in February, where 'downvote' icons appeared next to the options to like or reply to a comment.

Taking all this into consideration, it is now unclear as to why the social media giant is considering this new functionality for its platform.

There has been no comment as of now. Clicking on the downvote button essentially hides the comment for the user who taps on it. Machine learning, clubbed with other signals such as user reports, would help in the prioritization of articles in the fact checking queue. The company wants to test the new feature to see if it's a "productive" option in determining how informative or constructive a comment is.

Facebook has confirmed the downvote/upvote system's expansion.


The buttons, which appear as an upwards and downwards arrow, closely resemble the upvote/downvote system popularised by forum Reddit.

Some of the are really hilarious. Time will tell I guess.

- BEN SLATER? (@iambenslater) April 29, 2018Upvote and downvote comments on Facebook, when did this happen? The new button would help make the platform fairer by giving users the needed tools to express their thoughts.

This is indeed a controversial question, as the answer is mixed.

This content is restricted to site members. Facebook's "Downvote" button is restricted to comments on public posts and doesn't apply to the posts themselves.

The last time Facebook tested this, it insisted it was not a dislike button. It is used on Reddit, a new aggregation website, which allows users to vote on stories hence gauging their popularity and appropriateness as well as comment using the upvote and downvote buttons.

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