It’s something Facebook users have been asking for, well, forever it seems, and now the social network has finally complied. Yes, its version of a ‘dislike’ – or as close as you will ever get to one – is being tested.
And if we had a dislike button, we would ‘dislike’ this announcement, because the thing that Facebook is currently testing on a small number of profiles is not really a dislike button at all. Go figure.
Instead, the new feature – which will still serve a useful purpose – is more like Reddit’s ‘downvote’ button, where users can express their dislike for a particular comment or status.
Keen to ensure that Facebook doesn’t encourage, or even facilitate, negativity or abuse between users, Facebook has insisted that the ‘downvote’ function is a way of communicating to the site itself if a comment is inappropriate, offensive or misleading.
In a statement to Tech Crunch, Facebook insisted that the feature is not a dislike button, saying: “We are 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.”
Back in 2015, the tech giant starting working towards the ’emotional’ reactions users can use in response to content, insisting then that a dislike button would not happen.
“Some people have asked for a dislike button so they can say something isn’t good, and we’re not going to do that,” Mark Zuckerberg said. “I don’t think that’s good for the community.
“We’ve talked about for a while how can people express a wider range of emotions.”