Facebook testing 'downvote' option after calls for a 'dislike' button

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A Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying this feature was only being tested on a small set of people in the USA and was to help people give a feedback about comments on public page posts. A recent update confirmed at least 1 million people have actively quit the social networking website in the United States and the majority of them are young adult users. Screenshots of the downvote option appearing on Facebook comments were share on Twitter. The test is running on public pages and provides an option to users to hide any post and report it as offensive, misleading or off-topic.

Facebook first introduced "Like" option in 2009 after that, many users signed a petition asking for a "Hate" or "Dislike" button, all of this public outrage resulted into different "emoji" reactions in 2015. You can't downvote a photo or a video that another person or a publisher posted (or this article itself, if you're reading it on Facebook). However, "downvote" is a much softer, more approachable phrasing that could essentially do the same thing. "We are not testing a dislike button", a spokesperson told us. Through this feature, users can downvote abusive comments and register their complaints to the company. Given the options, Facebook may be testing another way to identify fake news.

On Thursday, various people took to Twitter to voice their surprise at a new feature spotted on the sprawling social media platform.

According to Facebook, the downvote testing is only temporary and won't have any impact on a post's ranking.

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The Facebook group attracted over 2,500 comments some of which asked for more

The test is running for 5% of English-speaking Android users in the U.S.

It is unclear how Facebook is planning to expand the use case of the downvote button in the future. The thumbs down reaction button, dubbed as dislike button by users, would be the "No" button, according to the company. If you're like me, and, well, anyone online who overanalyzes, you can see how this would bring some issues.

With the limited testing, Facebook will now show "Downvote" in addition to "Like" and "Reply" below every comment.

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