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Facebook is testing a new feature that allows its users to downvote the comments they consider inappropriate or unmeaningful for the community. This step could be seen as a means to promote healthy discussion and interaction among the users.

This move can also be connected to the recent push being made by the company to bury the content from the websites and media companies that don’t help users. As per The Daily Beast, Facebook has confirmed that it’s testing a feature for people to share feedback about comments on public posts. At the moment, the test is being carried out with just a tiny segment of people.

It’s worth observing that Facebook has refrained itself from calling it a “dislike” button, however, it undoubtedly works like one. If rolled out publicly, this will allow an individual to dislike comments and help the negative statements push to the bottom of the comments feed.

It’s a known fact that the social networking users have long demanded a dislike button but the company, instead, developed a Reactions option to let one respond with different emojis. Mark Zuckerberg defended this action by saying that they didn’t build a Dislike button to stop the website from turning into a forum where people voted up and down. It remains to be seen what his company does to prevent the downvote feature from being used in a similar manner.

At the moment, the exact scale of testing is unexplained and we don’t have any tentative date of the final rollout of this feature. As the announcement takes place, we shall intimate our viewers with a news update.

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Adarsh Verma
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