Facebook Is Testing A Downvote Button But It’s Much Different Than A Dislike Button
Many people have been clamoring for a “dislike” button on Facebook for years and the social media giant even tested out a dislike button last year. However, Facebook remembered that people are extra prickish on the internet and that a dislike button would probably only encourage more negativity online where there is already more than enough cynicism so they ditched the idea of a dislike button. Now Facebook is testing out a “downvote” button, which has a different objective than a dislike button.
Facebook is stealing the idea of the downvote from Reddit and testing it out on their social media platform. Reddit has utilized a downvote system that reduces the visibility of unpopular posts. Certain Facebook users have seen the downvote button available recently and it allows them to flag posts or comments that they don’t like. After the user clicks the downvote button, Facebook asks the person to classify the post or comment as “offensive”, “misleading” or “off-topic.” Then the selected post or comment is hidden for the offended user. Christina Hudler of Hudler Social posted screenshots of the downvote feature on Twitter.