Tuesday 18 December 2018

What's not to like? Facebook lets users cast a 'downvote'

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Margi Murphy

Facebook has finally designed something akin to a "dislike" button after years of campaigning from the network's users.

The "downvote" button is being tested on a small number of US Facebook users and applies only to comments. When clicked, it hides a comment and is intended for flagging offensive comments to moderators.

For years, many of Facebook's two billion users have campaigned for a "dislike" button, a feature which Facebook has repeatedly refused to address.

Facebook has long said it does not want to introduce a straight 'dislike' button, saying it did not want to encourage negativity.

The concept of "downvoting" will be familiar to those who use popular forum Reddit and viral image-sharing site Imgur, where pictures, links and text are "upvoted" or "downvoted" to rank higher and become more visible.

Irish Independent

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