Still want a Facebook ‘dislike’ button? Big blue tests ‘downvote’ option

Ever since Facebook introduced the Like button – which first appeared five years AFTER Facebook was created – people have been asking for a “dislike” button, and now it looks like we could get one… maybe. Techcrunch says Facebook told them they are testing the “dislike” feature in the form of a “downvote” button on the phones of about five percent of English-language Android Facebook app users.

Which is a fair number of people actually, seeing how the social media giant has a user base of about 2 billion people. The downvote option doesn’t appear in groups on the pages for public figures… yet… and when you downvote something, you have to follow up with a quick click on why; including “offensive, Misleading and off topic.” You can also undo your downvote if you clicked it by mistake.

Facebook said the test is more geared toward them collecting internal feedback on posts rather than launching a way to bury a post in negative votes. However, Facebook has also pledged to fight “fake news” posts on the site after the site became a fake news conduit during the 2016 electing – thus the “misleading” option, we suppose. But we wonder: How would a dislike (or “downvote”) button affect what you post on Facebook?

Reddit has had the downvote option since forever, and it’s an interesting dynamic on the site. In these politically divisive times, a downvote option could see Facebook descend into a “like/dislike” war zone, possibly making the site a bit less fun. Do you agree? Leave us a comment. Story:

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3 thoughts on “Still want a Facebook ‘dislike’ button? Big blue tests ‘downvote’ option

  • February 9, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Instead of adding an unlike 👎 feature, just get rid of the like 👍. Doing so, might just have an unintended positive effect on teens and adults looking for constant peer approvals 😁😁.

  • February 9, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    doubtful the r&d will be fast enough to get to market while "grandma" is still alive. more like we'll be the grandparents by then if it does get off the ground ubiquitously enough.

  • February 10, 2018 at 1:39 am

    It doesn't make sense there taking long time for this youtube already has dislike for years now

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