Facebook expands downvote button to some users in Australia, New Zealand

Dislike button. Ben Slater  twitter

Dislike button. Ben Slater twitter

There's little doubt, however, that it will also be used as a way of showing disagreement toward a post.

The latest? Something that's nearly - but not quite - the "Dislike" button that billions of people have been screaming out for for decades.

Once you downvote a comment it'll be hidden from your account and you'll be asked to explain why you downvoted it as either "offensive", "misleading" or 'off-topic'. But now, Facebook has started rolling it out to more users.

It is now being tested in selective regions, mainly in Australia, New Zealand, and some parts of the US. It appears that the new feature is being rolled out to a larger number of users close to home. While the downvote option on Reddit is used by a user to indicate his/her "dislike" of a post, Facebook intends its users' to use the downvote button to improve discussions in its community.

When the trial of the button, which also allow users to "upvote" popular comments, was announced in February, Facebook said: "We are not testing a dislike button". Furthermore, the dislike button is only available on Facebook's official mobile app and not its desktop or mobile website.

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Prior to the testing process, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the company posted on his personal profile that in 2018 the big focus will be to encourage meaningful interactions between people. What they really want is the ability to express empathy.

People will definitely use this responsibly and not just to troll. It's important to note, the downvote button only appears on comments, not posts. There is still no official word as to when or if this button will ever see the light of day but it will be interesting to see how it will change the dynamics of the social network.

According to TechCrunch, the real news would get ten times more visibility compared to the fake news. It has been reported that the new button has been accepted by the users as being "so far, so good".

A variation of the feature was spotted in the U.S. in February, where 'downvote' icons appeared next to the options to like or reply to a comment.

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