Facebook testing “downvote” button

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Facebook is testing a new “downvote” button, let the people hide comments and feedback about them.

But the social network denied that the new feature, a “dislike” button, or have requested a lot of Facebook users.

The downvote button is tried by a small number of U.S. users.

The company also announced a series of other measures to improve the Facebook community.

The social network confirmed the test-news Website Tech Crunch.

“We examine to be a function for people to submit feedback and comments to post on the public page. This runs for a small group of people in the United States only,” the company said in a statement.

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Other social sites like Reddit have a “downvote” option, reduces the visibility of unpopular posts.

If Facebook is clicked the downvote button hides the selected comment. The people can then decide whether or not the flag a post as “offensive”, “misleading” or “off-topic”.

However, it is not on the visibility of the post for other people and does not affect the placement in the news feed.Responsibility

Martin Garner, a tech analyst at CCS Insight, said the key seemed to be a part of Facebook’s continued resistance against the labelling itself a publisher.

“It has become clear that Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook, have a responsibility to recognize what is offensive or misleading and what is not – because that would be him in the situation that a publisher said more as a platform,” he said.

“He doesn’t want to do that, as it needs to do business in a different direction – so it is based on the community.

“It is an open question whether this is the right answer or not, but that’s where it fits.”

On Friday, the company also announced that it will double the number of engineers would be busy in London, in order to develop solutions to the problems that Facebook faces.

It declined to tell how many additional engineers it was the setting, but said the move was to remove an investment”,” the bad content of the platform”.

“Whether it’s Facebook, Chris Cox said to cheating, bullying, harassment, or false news, they are working with experts to understand the Problem, identify the pattern, and a solution”.Cash for causes

It is also announced a $10million (£7m) Fund, the way it will give to community groups in an attempt to combat the political “polarisation”.

“Non-political communities such as the churches, Sport groups, parenting groups, dog-walkers – these are the natural antidote to the polarization,” said Mr Cox.

“One of the best things we can do, is to help, not to meet people, others who are like you. Groups are most effective when they bring people together offline. They are a chance for people to bond over something you share.”

Facebook groups can be used for a Segment of the Fund. Five leaders of the community, the $1m (or approximately £715,000 in the UK) will be given to their causes.

Up to 100 groups can receive up to $50,000 (or £35,000 in the UK).

“We’re looking for big-impact ideas that bring together people,” said Mr Cox.