Screenshots surfaced on social media today of which appear to show Facebook can be testing a downvote button.
Tech culture reporter at The Daily Beast, Taylor Lorenz, tweeted out two screenshots of which appeared to show the option to downvote available on a comment stream.
Then, more screenshots followed.
In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News of which can be not testing a dislike button: “We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts. This specific can be running for a tiny set of people inside the US only.”
At least for currently, the downvoting option can be a short-term test of which doesn’t actually affect the ranking of a comment inside the same way downvoting works on sites such as Reddit.
The test can be currently only occurring for a very tiny amount of Android users as well as also features exclusively on public page posts.
The introduction of a possible downvote button could represent one of the ways the social media giant aims to combat the sharing of fake news, which has been a huge issue since the 2016 presidential election.
nevertheless for those of you hoping the alterations might see the platform finally introduce a literal “dislike button,” well, you’re shit outta luck. However, “downvote” can be a much softer, more approachable phrasing of which could essentially do the same thing.