Facebook still doesn’t have a “Dislike” reaction for posts, but the company is testing a new Downvote button for the comments section. The new feature was spotted earlier this morning and it’s currently only being tested with a small number of users in the United States.
“We are not testing a dislike button. We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts. This is running for a small set of people in the U.S. only,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. The company also said that this little experiment is a way to provide users with a small way to alert Facebook if a comment is inappropriate.
When users tap on the Downvote button, the comment will automatically be hidden. After that, an additional option will pop up that will let users undo the downvote or select a reason why they downvoted a comment. The options available appear to be “Offensive,” “Misleading” and “Off Topic.” This could make it easier for Facebook to moderate the comment section and identify inappropriate comments quickly.
Facebook says that this is merely a short-term test that won’t affect the ranking of posts, comments and Pages. Number of downvotes won’t be visible publicly and it’s designed as a new way of giving feedback to Facebook. The downvote option only appears on public posts by Pages and not on posts created by Groups, public figures or regular users.