Facebook ‘downvote” button in the new test

@Matt Navarra

Facebook is now testing its “downvote” button in new Zealand, a similar study took place in the USA in February.

The tool that appears on a few public posts so that people’s comments and feedback to hide about you.

The BBC understands that there are no immediate plans to roll it through the social network.

Discussion site Reddit has a successful “downvote” option, reduces the visibility of unpopular posts.

Facebook said that the button was tested to see if it activates “better public discussions”.

“Our hope is that this feature makes it easier for us to create, such as rooms, to maneuvering the ranking of the comments that the readers believe, deserves, instead of the comments, the strongest emotional reaction,” said a spokesman.

The tech giant added that the button “do not like” button.

While the new study is geographically instead of in new Zealand, some Facebook users in Australia have also reported seeing it.

CNet said that the colleagues see in his Sydney-based office was that the button “to certain public pages, which were created in Australia, and only on the Facebook mobile app”.

Facebook is holding its annual developer conference this week in San Francisco.Balancing act

The “downvote” tool should be considered in the light of the firm’s efforts to change the way people news on Facebook, consume, Jack Kent, analyst at IHS, Markit said.

“Given the current discussion about Facebook’s role in online public discourse, and news, it makes sense that the platform will be tested in various ways for users to interact with content in the public space,” he said.

To keep, however, the company, the balance between positive and negative feedback, and the care debate, he added.

“While the company is a ‘dislike’ function to start getting pretty vocal in the opposition, it has said the extension of its options, from simple posts and content like a series of emojis in the year 2016,” Mr Kent.