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Facebook Says It's Not Testing A "Dislike Button", But A "Downvote" Button Is Definitely Out There

Reddit, eat your heart out.

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Facebook is testing downvoting comments

Screenshots surfaced on social media today that appear to show Facebook is testing a downvote button.

Taylor Lorenz, a tech culture reporter at the Daily Beast, tweeted two screenshots that appeared to show the option to downvote available on a comment stream.

Then, more screenshots followed.

Here’s what Facebook shows you when you downvote a comment h/t @hudlersocial

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News it is 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 US only.”

At least for now, the downvoting option is a short-term test that doesn't actually affect the ranking of a comment in the same way downvoting works on sites such as Reddit.

The test is currently occurring for only a very small amount of Android users and features exclusively on public page posts.

The possible introduction of a downvote button could represent one of the ways the social media giant aims to combat the sharing of fake news, which has been a huge issue since the 2016 presidential election.

For those of you hoping the changes might see the platform finally introduce a literal "dislike button", well, you're shit outta luck. However, "downvote" is a much softer, more approachable phrasing that could essentially do the same thing.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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