The Facebook downvote button is being tested by the social networking giants and has been made available to some users. The button is not used for the posts, but rather for offensive comments.
Currently, users can voice their views on various emojis. However, these are a less effective medium when it comes to responding to a nasty remark. According to the social networking site, the Facebook Downvote button should curb the comments that could hurt someone's feelings or disrespect them. From now on, only one group of users will be able to test the new button.
The social networking giant confirmed the new button, saying that users demanded more constructive discussions on the platform so that people with different opinions can express their thoughts. And so it conducts tests in New Zealand to allow users to classify the comments. Although the company expects to conduct tests in New Zealand, some Australian users have also reported seeing the new feature.
"We hope that this feature will make it easier for us to create such spaces by ranking the comments readers believe they deserve, rather than the comments that get the strongest emotional response," she said Company spokesman, according to CNET. Speaking of the Facebook downvote button, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said that he was "flattered". Reddit already offers the option of up- or down-tuning, giving users the right to select a post they like or one that does not sound very nice. Both Reddit and Facebook serve different purposes.
– Alexis Ohanian Sr. ? (@alexisohanian) April 29, 2018
Reddit is primarily interested in the news and stories or topics employed. On the other hand, Facebook is more about connecting with friends and the community, suggesting that downvoting altogether would have a different impact on the platform. The last time rumors surfaced about a Facebook Downvote button, the company said they would not test such things.
Currently, users have a bunch of emojis that help them express their thoughts on the platform. In 2015, when Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was asked which emojis should be released in 2016, he said that "not every moment is a good moment" and therefore there was a need for such emojis. Now the company has gone a step further to give users a more meaningful tool when they report bad comments.
Facebook has long dealt with the problem of fake news, and the Facebook Downvote button would certainly help companies deal with it. The new button would help make the platform fairer by giving users the tools they need to express their thoughts. In a further attempt to capture fake news, Facebook plans to reduce the visibility of bogus news and related content on its platform.
According to TechCrunch, real news would be ten times more visible than fake news. For the same purpose, the company uses machine learning to scan newly published articles for authenticity. Machine learning, coupled with other signals such as user reports, would help prioritize items in the fact check queue.
In another step to make the platform more interactive, the social networking giant plans an interactive concept documentary series. The Facebook documentary series with Tamera Mowry-Housley is produced by Thumb Candy Media. The show would premiere on Thursday, May 3, on Facebook Watch.
Zuckerberg spent the first quarter building content that syncs with users unlike other platforms like YouTube. Asked about investing in video and the future, Zuckerberg said the platform is more focused on bringing people closer together in different ways.
Such efforts by Facebook help him to maintain his reputation after the recent shocks. The social networking giant was accused of handling content that could have influenced the US presidential election. Most recently, the company also participated in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which shared user data with third-party researchers.
In today's market, the Facebook shares were in the green. Inventory has dropped 2% since the beginning of the year.