A new Facebook downvote button is being tested by the biggest and most popular social-networking site in the world. It is reported that the downvote button will let user hide comments thereby providing instant feedback to Facebook that can be used to reduce the visibility of unpopular posts.
Facebook Dislike Button?
Although Facebook denies that this feature is a dislike button commonly requested by some users over the years, it is one of the recent measures by the website to improve its massive community of users.
Presently, the downvote feature is being tested by a small group of users based in the United States.
In a statement to TechCrunch, the company said, “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 US only.”
How it Works
If a user sees a post that is deemed offensive and clicks Facebook’s downvote button, the post in question will be automatically hidden followed by options to choose whether to flag it as “offensive”, “misleading” or “off-topic”.
However, this will not affect the visibility of the post for other users who have not clicked the dislike button or the ranking of the said post in the news feed.
This news follows a recent report that Facebook enables fake news by its reliance on digital advertising.