Facebook made a Reddit-esque “downvote” button available to a small number of users Thursday, according to a tweet by the Daily Beast’s Taylor Lorenz and confirmed by Business Insider. The button allows users to choose from a list of options indicating why they deemed the post or comment downvote-worthy, including “misleading,” “off topic” and “offensive.”
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— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) February 8, 2018
The downvote button would bring us closer to the much wanted “dislike” feature that was revealed by Facebook Design Chief Julie Zhuo as the change users request most. According to the Twitter discussion about the test feature, it resembles the downvote function on websites like Reddit and Imgur.
— Christina Hudler (@hudlersocial) February 8, 2018
The downvote button would offer users a stronger means of disliking content than the easily misinterpretable emoji reactions.