Previously, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the social network would never get a dislike or a downvote button. The downvote button, which is separate from the Reactions menu, only appears on public Page posts, not on posts by Groups, public figures or users. "This is running for a small set of people in the United States only", the company said in a statement. This feedback might not be useful for the post publisher but is useful for Facebook.
If the test proves successful and some form of the "downvote" button becomes a permanent feature, the firm will no doubt have to address a series of new questions surrounding its approach to content, free speech and censorship. However, this test does not affect ranking in the News Feed and the number of downvotes does not affect the visibility of the post for other people.
We've all been there - scrolling on Facebook, just to come across a comment that does not achieve anything other than to offend someone.
The short-term test is allegedly running for 5 percent of Android users in the US with the language being set to English.
In a report via the BBC, Facebook is trialling what it calls a "downvote" feature.
A dislike button has always been the most requested Facebook feature, but Facebook has never given in.
It is said that Facebook wants to create a system that will collect the personal information of its user base like education, internet usage, home ownership and more, in order to determine their socio-economic status.
However, people are already questioning whether adding a downvote button is a good idea.
The new button was first noticed by Taylor Lorenz of The Daily Beast.
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The test follows the likes of Reddit and Quora, which use "downvoting" as a way to ensure the best comments rise to the top. He said it showed that when sites such as Facebook were used to connect with "people we care about", they can improve well-being.