By: Nick Gambino

Fb has confirmed they’re testing a brand new button that can enable customers to “downvote” a remark.

Opposite to preliminary hypothesis, it’s not a dislike button. Fb has toyed with the idea of a dislike button previously however fortunately have by no means dedicated to the idea. With the negativity rampant all through social media, a thumbs down button would most likely solely add to it.

The downvote button, which is being examined with a choose variety of customers, is solely a solution to make a public remark disappear from the display screen of the consumer who downvoted it. It seems in the identical row of buttons as “Like” and “Reply.”

“We’re not testing a dislike button,” a spokesperson from Fb confirmed to The Verge. “We’re exploring a function for individuals to offer us suggestions about feedback on public web page posts. That is working for a small set of individuals within the US solely.”

Along with making the remark disappear, customers will then have the choice of labeling the remark “deceptive,” “offensive” or “off subject.” This could help Fb in serving to you see extra of what you need to see.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg just lately acknowledged his intention to ensure individuals had been having extra significant interactions on Fb, “We really feel a duty to ensure our providers aren’t simply enjoyable to make use of, but in addition good for individuals’s well-being.”

This appears to be a step in that very same path. Fb did make clear that this downvote function is particularly for public feedback made on Pages, in the meanwhile. In different phrases, they’re not taking a look at serving to you censor your individual feeds.

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The function has confirmed profitable on Reddit the place the neighborhood just about controls what’s fashionable and what’s not with an upvote and downvote rating system.

For now, the button is in restricted testing, so we’ll have to attend to see if it sees mass export or fades into the ethers. It’s not a nasty concept if you wish to see much less vitriol exhibiting up within the feedback part.

Then once more, we may all simply spend much less time on Fb and extra time studying books and having in-person discussions…nah!