Users started sharing photos of the mysterious button on Thursday. They saw the button appear in the comment section of some Facebook groups and in old memories content. But not all users were able to see the button, according to the Daily Beast.
A Facebook spokesperson said the platform is not testing a ‘dislike’ button. Facebook is reportedly “exploring a new feature” that would enable users to give feedback on public page posts. “This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only.,” the spokesperson said about the new feature.
A ‘Dislike Button’ Would Spread too Much Negativity
The dislike button allows users to downrank specific content. The feature could be used to flag offensive or inappropriate content and force it to the bottom of the comment section.
Many Facebook users have advocated for a ‘dislike button’ ever since the creation of the ‘like button’. Two years ago, Facebook rejected the plea saying that such button “would sow too much negativity”. On Thursday, one Facebook user made fun of that 2016 post saying that he would use the “magnificent” downvote button to “knock down all the negativity across the internet.”
The new feature is not that new. It first appeared on platforms like Reddit. On Thursday, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian described Facebook’s recent move to adopt a downvote button as the “sincerest form of flattery.” Ohanian wished he had trademarked the button.
It wasn’t immediately clear which users will have access to the button during the tests, but is not the first time the social media giant tests a feature with a small sample of users.
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