Facebook has decided to follow the example of Reddit and has introduced a new button. This button might echo users’ request for a dislike button, but Facebook claims it’s actually meant to be something else. The novelty is a downvote button, whose purpose is to signal unpleasant comments and bring up those that people find useful. This new feature is currently undergoing testing in some regions of New Zealand and Australia.
The downvote button should flag unpleasant comments
For quite a long time, Facebook users have been asking for a dislike button to show their disapproval of certain situations. The platform refused to introduce such a button because of possible controversies it might cause. Now, it decided to test a new button that resembles what users have been wanting.
The new feature will keep the Like and Reply buttons that accompany comments. However, it has introduced two more options that will help people flag content they don’t like. To the left of the already existent buttons, you have two arrows. These arrows are an upvote and a downvote button.
Facebook claims the downvote button is not meant to be a dislike one. Instead of offending people, it should highlight those comments that are degrading or not useful. Until now, you could make a comment rank higher by liking and replying to it. Now, it can get upvotes as well, while the bad ones will get downvotes.
This is an attempt to improve the image of the platform
At the moment, Facebook is testing the new features only in Australia and New Zealand. The platform might roll them out in other countries as well, but this will happen gradually. Therefore, we cannot tell when the downvote button will be available for us.
Facebook took inspiration from Reddit when introducing the new features. However, unlike Reddit, Facebook has a different thing in mind with the downvote button. The social media giant has been through some tough moments that seriously affected its image, and now is doing everything to improve it.
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