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

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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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

Vorkeyjones Avatar
37 months ago
I remember when Mac Rumors use to have a downvote feature.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avieshek Avatar
37 months ago
The first thing to dislike, is Facebook.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
37 months ago
An eye-roll react would be more useful.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
37 months 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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stanman64 Avatar
37 months 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
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
37 months 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.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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