Finally Facebook Is Getting The Feature We've All Been Praying For
Something that could benefit 'Speak Your Mind'
Ah Facebook, your scrolling screen has saved me from hours of boredom, but don't you hate all the "fake news" and trolls popping up in your feed?
We're left tearing our hair out at the stupidity of some comments with no option but to "like" their contributions.
For years, people have requested a "dislike" button to channel their social media rage and Facebook has point blank refused.
Yesterday, Facebook told TechCrunch that they will be getting a "downvote" option (basically "dislike" by another name).
When you click the downvote button, it hides the comment. It gives a drop down, allowing users to say whether the comment is "Offensive", "Misleading", or "Off Topic."
The option does not make it publicly available how many downvotes the comment has received, but helps Facebook better identify where comments are fake news or irrelevant.
Here's a video showing what the new feature might look like:
A quick video of what the #FacebookDownvote button looks like for me. Coming up next, a video of putting it into action thanks to a willing volunteer. #smm #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing pic.twitter.com/LlJG8fVwdA— Christina Hudler (@officialhudler) February 8, 2018
A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch that their motivation is to create a lightweight way for people to provide a signal to Facebook that a comment is inappropriate, uncivil, or misleading.
They said: "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."