Facebook is allegedly testing a new feature that allows users to downvote comments in public posts.
It’s a simple way to allow users to moderate comments in public posts, located right below the main reactions area of a post.
Back in 2016, Facebook tried to enhance post and comment feedback by adding negative reactions, specifically sad and angry to the fore. The company is quick to say that the new downvote button is not equivalent to a “dislike” button, with a company spokesman clarifying to Engadget that they “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.”
Facebook’s downvote system won’t show how many users have downvoted a post, nor will it cause a post to disappear for other users (aside from the person that downvoted it).
Many other sites also utilize some sort of user ranking method. Reddit, for example, allows users to downvote posts and comments, with heavily downvoted comments and posts disappearing in the article stream. Obviously, the same downvote method is completely open to abuse by troll farms that have been pervasive in today’s highly political climate.