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Facebook testing a 'downvote' button to judge people's comments

[SAN FRANCISCO] Facebook Inc is testing a button that would let users "downvote" other people's comments on public posts.

The button, which simply says "Downvote", appears to the right of "Like" and "Reply" options below a comment. The button is intended to notify Facebook about uncivil or misleading comments.

The world's largest social network is testing it in the short-term for a small percentage of US users, and it currently doesn't affect how prominently a post is featured in a list of comments, a company representative said.

A wider implementation of the button would go against Facebook's prior stance that any kind of downvote or dislike button would spread negativity on the site. In a rethinking of the "Like" button in 2016, for example, the social network added a slate of other reactions, including "Love" and "Sad", meant to be emotions in response to a post, rather than judgments on the post's ranking.

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The test was reported earlier by the Daily Beast. The feature is similar to one in use on the online bulletin board Reddit.

"We are not testing a dislike button," the company said in a statement. "We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts."


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