They began testing the Facebook downvote button with some users, available only in a limited number of post types. Similar to Reddits community-controlled comment system’s ranking mechanism, it’s only intended to be a method for flagging questionable comments on public posts.
A quick video of what the #FacebookDownvote button looks like for me. Coming up next, a video of putting it into action thanks to a willing volunteer. #smm #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing pic.twitter.com/LlJG8fVwdA
— Christina Hudler (@hudlersocial) February 8, 2018
Facebook described the test as brief and distanced itself from the notion that the new “downvote” action was in any way a dislike button.
“We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts,”
a spokesperson wrote,
“This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only.”
Facebook further clarified that public page posts where the test is current running for an estimated 5-percent of Android users only, do not affect ranking and the number of downvotes are not displayed in any way.