Facebook tests downvote button to combat 'Fake News'


It's not clear whether Facebook will eventually roll out the downvote button to all users, but in a statement to Gizmodo, the social network said the test was brief and distanced itself from the notion that the new button is in any way similar to a dislike button. According to the networking company, anyone who taps the downvote button will be asked whether the comment is "offensive", "misleading" or "off-topic".

A select few users noticed Thursday a "downvote" option appeared underneath comments on posts, next to the "like" and "reply" buttons. Instead, what they are doing is to see how users will be able to give feedback not about the posts but about the comments in posts that are set to public.

"One of the things we've heard people tell us over and over again is they want a "Dislike" button, because not everything is likeable content", Zhuo said at Fusion's Real Fortune Fair in 2015. So apparently, this new DownVote button is designed for the Facebook and not for the users like us.

Roi Marc Teodoro cited the Philippines' case, saying that dozens of fake accounts "can monopolize this downvote button controlling the social media discussions online".

When the downvote button is clicked, the selected comment is hidden.

To give users greater expression, Facebook introduced a raft of emoticons to express outrage, shock or affection on comments in February 2016.

However, it does not affect the visibility of the post for other people and does not affect its ranking in the news feed.

In another comment, Wieben added the planned feature would prevent "worst" comments from rising to the top of the list "just because they've had the most engagement, even if it's all negative". The social network confirmed the test to news site Tech Crunch. This is where a dislike button was required.

The giant will soon come up with an official announcement through their blogpage regarding this new DownVote button.