Facebook is testing a downvote button to try and fight fake news

Facebook is testing a downvote button to try and fight fake news

Facebook is testing a downvote button to try and fight fake news

Hitting the downvote button hides the comment, and will also let you report the post for being "offensive" or "misleading". According to Facebook, the test is limited to five percent of the company's English-speaking Android users in the USA, a typical audience test for a new Facebook feature.

A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to The Verge that the new feature is being tested but that it is not a dislike button. "This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only", reads the statement from the spokesperson of Facebook. But now that a downvote button is in the works for public comments, Facebook might just be warming up to the idea.

On an inferring note, it was officially revealed that the social media company hasn't planned to expand the "downvote" feature.

The test of the Facebook downvote button is ongoing on the public pages. However, the chance to express the opposite is yet to come, although a "dislike" button has been on the wishlist of users worldwide for nearly a decade now.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is testing out a new downvote button.

For now, the button is in limited testing, so we'll have to wait to see if it sees mass export or fades into the ethers.

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That has shifted the balance "away from the most important thing Facebook can do - help us connect with each other". The company has long said it would never arrive as the feature could cause too much (extra) animosity on the site.

View a screenshot of the "downvote" button below. He said in December 2014 that he did not want to make Facebook a "voting mechanism". There won't be a public display of the count on how many times a comment has been downvoted.

One month later, Facebook began testing its set of reactions, before rolling out options to show empathy through "like", "love", "haha", "wow", "sad" and "angry" emoji. This should assist Facebook in helping you see more of what you want to see.

Taylor Lorenz, a reporter for The Daily Beast, tweeted screenshots of the feature on 8 February. Facebook instead pitched "Reactions" that gave users a wide range of expressions besides the pervasive thumbs-up button.

Like Reactions, clicking the downvote button brings up a set of options such as the aforementioned "offensive", "misleading", and "off Topic".

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