Facebook’s latest test looks a whole lot like a dislike button. The new button lets people downvote comments — but it only applies to public page posts. According to a Facebook spokesperson, it currently doesn’t affect how likely content is to show up on your feed.Right now, it’s only being tested for 5% of Android users in the U.S.
Facebook doesn’t see it as a dislike button and stated, “We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts. The motivation is to provide a lightweight way for people to provide signals for inappropriate, uncivil, or misleading comments.”
The idea of a dislike button is nothing new — people have begged for it since Facebook launched, and adding one could have a huge impact on the platform. It could possibly determine what comments and discussions flourish and which ones don’t.
While this is the first time Facebook is testing it out, the social networking site often tests new features with smaller groups before decided to roll out something new. Facebook says the test is not to give commenters feedback but instead to provide them with valuable feedback.