In a much-anticipated move, social media giant Facebook is reportedly working on introducing a "downvote" feature in the coming months, which is being speculated as a means of disliking a post. Clicking it would hide a comment and flag it for moderation.
Facebook has clarified that the feature that it is testing is not a dislike button.
"We didn't want to just build a Dislike button because we don't want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people's posts".
For this feature to be effective, user Ramon Bello suggested that Facebook "weed out" online trolls first.
Other social sites such as Reddit have a "downvote" option that reduces the visibility of unpopular posts.
Here's how the downvote button works.
Facebook, yesterday, announced a couple of new integration and features that are all targeted at bettering users videos experience on the Facebook app.
One user even said that it would just function like Facebook's "hide" option, and it's only "going to become more prominent" through a new button.
It seems that the button is designed for the comments made to public posts. "This is running for a small set of people in the USA only". But not all users were able to see the button, according to the Daily Beast.
However, it does not affect the visibility of the post for other people and does not affect its ranking in the news feed. This is where a dislike button was required. Performing this will alert the owner of the page about the reported comment. It appears to be mainly to make Facebook a more people-friendly place for interactions and also to give Facebook the option to obtain some insights on how its users react to different types of discussions.
Notably, Facebook isn't alone in the Web world to offer the downvote button. also has the identical option on its platform, and Redditors commonly use it to regulate comments in a specific thread.