Facebook Tests Reddit-Like 'Downvote' Feature for Disliking User Comments

Facebook is said to be testing a "downvote" button among some users of the social network, according to a report on Thursday. The "dislike"-like option apparently appeared in the comments section of posts within Facebook groups and on old Facebook memories content, as shown in screenshots shared with The Daily Beast.

A Facebook spokesperson denied that the company is "testing a dislike button", but then went on to offer an explanation that appeared on the face of it to suggest something just like one.

Image via The Daily Beast
We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts. This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only.
The feature in testing reportedly gives users the ability to downvote certain comments, similar to the way votes in Reddit work, but it's unclear how far the tests will go. According to a 2016 Bloomberg report, Facebook executives had rejected a dislike button long ago "on the grounds that it would sow too much negativity" on the social network.

In February 2016, Facebook launched Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give users more ways to share their reaction to a post. The emoji-like feature extended to Facebook Messenger in March last year.

Facebook regularly tests features with a small number of users and many never reach the stage of a broader rollout to the general public.



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27 weeks ago
I remember when Mac Rumors use to have a downvote feature.
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27 weeks ago
The first thing to dislike, is Facebook.
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27 weeks ago

I do not recall that. Don’t you mean digg.com?


You've been here since 2005! Even I remember it and I only joined in 2011.
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27 weeks ago
An eye-roll react would be more useful.
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27 weeks ago
They're tried it in the past and never gone with it. It's too negative and doesn't foster good interactions. I don't see them going forward with it this time either.
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27 weeks ago
Downvotes work on reddit because it’s anonymous. I can’t see people downvoting grandma because she posted another recipe. There’s enough drama on Facebook as it is
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27 weeks ago
I remember the good ol’ days when MacRumors had a reddit-like ‘downvote’ button.
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27 weeks ago

MacRumors needs downvotes again. Too many toxic people getting voted up and nothing can be done.

Why must "something be done" about people you disagree with getting voted up? There are already other ways that the forum software provides to deal with those situations.


I’d rather be reading than spending my time downvoting or thumbs upping. That said I like the thumbs up feature but if I added up all the time I spent doing that I could have read a lot. Though I imagine the encouragement some users get from positive reviews may encourage even more communication / posts. Thumbs down does the opposite.

How much time does it take to tap the "thumbs up" icon? :confused:
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27 weeks ago
I wonder if anything can stop that ship from sinking.
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27 weeks ago
I dislike the idea. Here's why:

I participate in a right wing political group on Facebook. So far, it's been fairly good, in that as one of the very few liberals in that group, I get to speak my mind openly. Most people disagree with me, and that's okay. At least they're cordial about it, and we converse as adults.

Adding a dislike button would discourage such open discourse. You'd end up with discussion groups that operate effectively as echo chambers. Adding a downvote button wouldn't affect my participation all that much. But there are a lot of people out there who would not bother voicing their opinions.

We can already express our displeasure through words. Do we need symbols to enhance that? Really?
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