Facebook is testing downvote, a negative vote button. The new button will allow users to hide unwelcome comments and provide negative feedback on them. However, the social network has denied that the new feature is a real "I don't like" button.
Facebook is testing downvote , a negative vote button. The new button that allows users to hide unwelcome comments and provide negative feedback on them. However, the social network has denied that the new feature is a real "don't like" button, although required by many Facebook users.
The button downvote has been tested by a small number of US users.
The company also announced a series of other measures to improve the community on Facebook.
The social network confirmed that it had performed this test."We are exploring a feature that allows people to provide feedback on comments on public page posts. The thing currently available only to a small group of people in the United States", The company stated in a note.
When the Facebook downvote button is clicked, the selected comment is hidden and users can then decide whether to mark a post as "offensive", "misleading" or "off-topic". However, it does not affect the post's visibility to other users and does not affect its position in the newsfeed.
Here is what I see on my end if I click down, but since I don't know anyone else with the feature I don't know what it might look like on their end. #FacebookDownvote pic.twitter.com/YIxI5xgXeU
Christina Hudler (@hudlersocial) 8 February 2018
The pulsededownvote to delegate responsibility
Martin Garner, technical analyst at CCS Insight, said the button appears to be part of Facebook's continued resistance to label itself as a publisher.
"It has become very clear that Mark Zuckerberg does not want Facebook to have the responsibility to identify what is offensive or misleading, and what is not, because it would make him become a publisher rather than a platform"said Garner, e "He doesn't want to do it because he takes the business in a different direction, so he is leaning on the community to do it.
On Friday, the company also announced that it would double the number of engineers it employs in London to develop solutions to the problems Facebook is facing.
Facebook refused to share details regarding the actual number of additional engineers he was hiring, but said the move was an investment aimed at "removing bad content from the platform".
"Whether it's scams, bullying, harassment or fake news, they will work with experts to understand the problem, identify the pattern and create a solution," said Chris Cox of Facebook.
Downvote Support for apolitical causes
The company also announced the establishment of a $ 10 million fund that will be distributed to some communities in an attempt to address the "polarization" of politics.
"Non-political communities such as churches, sports groups, groups of parents, dog walkers: these are the natural antidote to polarization", said Cox.
"One of the best things we can do is help people meet other people who are not like them: groups are more effective when they bring people together offline and are an opportunity for people to bond to something they share."
Groups on Facebook can request a slice of the fund. Five leading communities will receive $ 1 million to promote their causes.
Up to 100 additional groups will receive up to $ 50,000.
"We are looking for high-impact ideas that bring people together," said Cox.