Facebook testing downvote button for comment moderationBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 9 February 2018 | Categories: news
Facebook, like all other social media platforms, has a problem with some users posting questionable comments and content. To try and combat this, the company is testing out a new downvote button, as spotted by Taylor Lorenz of The Daily Beast.
Facebook is testing downvoting comments pic.twitter.com/SBOSQITotO— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) February 8, 2018
Working in a very similar voting system that Reddit has in place, Facebook confirmed to The Verge that downvoting is a means of flagging certain comments. Hitting the downvote button on a comment hides it from the user's timeline, but does trigger a pop-up that asks whether the comment was offensive, misleading or off-topic.
As for what action will be taken if a comment is deemed to receive too many offensive or misleading responses, remains to be seen. Facebook is, however, quick to point out that this is not a dislike button. The downvote mechanism is currently being tested out by a small group of Facebook users in the United States, with it unclear if other countries will also get the chance to trial the button.
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