Facebook users may be able to use a ‘downvote’ button for flagging bad comments


There are a variety of ways to react to a post on Facebook, and the site may soon be adding another icon − the “downvote” button. 

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The company announced the news earlier this week, revealing that it is experimenting with the feature with a group of users to help gauge whether comments on public posts are inappropriate. 

“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 U.S. only," a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider.

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The platform clarified that the function will not affect how a comment is displayed. It is also not a dislike button that will be added to the usual range of reactions. Instead, downvote will be located right next to the “reply” tab. 

Once the downvote button is selected, users can then pick from a list of options to further explain their choice. You can mark it as “offensive” or “misleading.”

The social media site has previously added special icons for holidays. Last May, it temporarily introduced a flower emoji, which meant grateful or thankful, in honor of Mother’s Day. And in June, a rainbow symbol surfaced to acknowledge Pride Month. 

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