Sunday 23 September, 2018

Facebook trials ‘downvote’ button

(Image: AP: File image of Facebook HQ)

(Image: AP: File image of Facebook HQ)

Facebook has begun testing “downvote” and “upvote” buttons for comments on some public pages in New Zealand and Australia.

The feature lets users vote comments on public posts up or down to show their approval or disapproval, using arrows that appear below each comment.

“People have told us they want more ways to make sure those discussions are constructive – even when people might disagree with each other,” Facebook said in a statement.  

“To that end, we're running a test that introduces an upvote and downvote action for comments on large public page posts. This feature allows people to push those thoughtful and engaging comments to the top of the discussion thread, and to move down the ones that are simply attacks or filled with profanity.”

News of Facebook’s “downvote” button first emerged in February, when the social media giant said it was rolling it out to a small number of US public pages as a test. Facebook said this trial was a variant of the same test.

It stressed that the new feature should not been seen as a “dislike” button and suggested there were no immediate plans to roll it out more broadly. It said it was using the test to see if people found the new feature a productive way of giving feedback on how informative or constructive a comment was.

Reddit, a social news aggregation and discussion website, already has an up and down voting system for comments.