We already know that Facebook has been testing the downvote button for a few months. They have made this feature available for a small chunk of users in the United States. According to recent reports, the Facebook’s Downvote Button will be made available to a wider set of audience. Currently, the downvote feature is limited to “public” posts. The US users who have this feature available can see that every comment in the thread will have an upvote and downvote option. Moreover, a number is also attached to them to show the count of votes.
Facebook’s Downvote Button
Facebook’s downvote button is the latest addition to the previously existing emoticon interface. This interface lets users react to a post choosing the given emojis. This feature was tested in the US, other regions such as Australia and New Zealand. The downvote tests have been going on since the month of April this year. Even though, some selected users in the United States were also given access to temporary downvote feature earlier this year in February. During the testing trial, a strong prompt titled as “stop bad comments” appeared whenever users tapped the downvote button.
In addition to that, the prompt stated that:
“Press the down arrow if a comment has bad intentions or is disrespectful. It’s still okay to disagree in a respectful way”
Facebook was aware of the exploitation of this feature so they introduced it with the following message: