Facebook is testing its version of a ‘dislike’ button

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.”

Appeal following thefts of 3 vehicles from Ammanford

“Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the theft of two quad bike type vehicles [pictured] taken from an address in Ammanford sometime during the early morning hours of Monday, February 13.

Police are also investigating the theft of a silver BMW 520 estate, taken from a separate address in Ammanford sometime during the early morning hours of Monday, February 13.

Anyone with information that could assist police with either of these investigations is asked to contact Ammanford police by calling 101, or anonymously report it to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.”

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Facebook with new coloured Statuses!

This new feature lets users select a color that appears behind their text status in place of the normally-white background. Several of the color options offer an Instagram logo-style color gradient, which make them more stylish and modern than boring flat colors.

Facebook confirms this feature is in testing. It appears that it’s only testing in certain regions.

 

A statment from Facebook say “We’re rolling out a change to help people make their text posts more visual. People can update the background color of their text-only posts on Android.”

 

The new feature. Colored status backgrounds are rolling out globally over the next few days. Only Android users will be able to create them, but everyone on iOS, Android, and web will be able to see them in the News Feed.

So if you have been wondering why you do not have access to this new feaather, do not worry you will soon have access.

 

 

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EE is fined £2.7 million after overcharging thousands of customers

EE has been fined £2.7 million by Ofcom for overcharging tens of thousands of customers.

The telecoms regulator found that the mobile operator broke a ‘fundamental billing rule’ in two different ways.

 

In November 2015, calls or texts to the 150 number within the EU became free, yet EE continued to charge more than 7,600 customers until January 2016. They were overcharged by a total of £2,203.

 

And on a separate occasion, users who called the 150 customer service number while in the EU were charged the same price as if they were in the US – so £1.20 a minute, instead of 19p. That makes 32,145 customers who were overcharged a total of £245,000.

 

EE was accused by the watchdog of “carelessness or negligence”, and although most customers have been reimbursed, EE is still unable to identify at least 6,900 people who are collectively owed around £60,000.

Ofcom’s consumer group director Lindsey Fussell told the BBC: “We all rely on big companies to get the most basic things right, and that includes charging the right bills… we uncovered a catalogue of errors.”

EE has apologised unreservedly to customers. The fine will go to the Treasury, and EE has also donated around £62,000 owed to the customers it couldn’t trace to charity.

But Ofcom has also ordered the company to make further efforts to track down every single overcharged customer.