Facebook Tests 'Downvote' Button, But Denies That Means 'Dislike'


Facebook is now testing a "downvote" button, effectively creating a counter to the classic "like" button and giving users the opportunity to dislike a friend's post, according to reports.

However according to a report from The Daily Beast, Facebook is now testing a "downvote" button.

The test is now only occurring for a very small amount of Android users and features exclusively on public page posts.

"We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts", the Silicon Valley company said in a statement.

While the option to have an "angry" or "sad" reaction to your Facebook friends' posts is nice, what users have really wanted all this time is a simple "dislike" button - and it looks like the social media platform may finally be giving it to us.

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

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Noting that imitation is the "sincerest form of flattery", Reddit co-founder Alexi Ohanian joked on Twitter about the obvious similarity between the Facebook feature being tested and the downvote button that has existed on Reddit for years.

Facebook's version is not being tested in groups, with public figures or in comments from friends, Facebook said.

This could be a way for users to deal with troll-ish or abusive comments, where users can downvote such comments to prevent them from appearing. Facebook will then let you alert the company about the post, but the whole process isn't exactly intuitive.

Facebook stressed the function is nothing akin to a dislike button. The feature is similar to one in use on the online bulletin board Reddit.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. She herself is the owner of a social media marketing agency called Hudler Social. "And those things actually push it up in the comments".