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Facebook testing new “downvote” button that will let people hide comments

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By BBC | Feb 11th 2018 | 1 min read
By BBC | February 11th 2018
BUSINESS
Facebook is testing a new “downvote” button

Facebook is testing a new “downvote” button that will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them.

However, the social network denied that the new feature was a “dislike” button, which many Facebook users have requested. The downvote button is being tried out by a small number of US users.

The company also announced a number of other measures aimed at improving the Facebook community. The social network confirmed the test to news site Tech Crunch. “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 US only,” the company said in a statement. Other social sites such as Reddit have a “downvote” option.

When Facebook’s downvote button is clicked, the selected comment is hidden. People can then decide whether to flag a post as “offensive”, “misleading” or “off-topic”. 

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