Downvote button ontest in Facebook
Facebook is testing a new feature that will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them. The yet publicly unreleased feature has been titled "downvote" button. Facebook confirmed the test to news site Tech Crunch.
The social network though, has denied that the new feature was a "dislike" button, which many Facebook users have requested.
The downvote button is being tried out by a small number of US users.
"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," the company said in a statement.
When Facebook's downvote button is clicked, the selected comment is hidden. People can then decide whether to flag a post as "offensive", "misleading" or "off-topic".
However, it does not affect the visibility of the post for other people and does not affect its ranking in the news feed.
Other social sites such as Reddit have a "downvote" option that reduces the visibility of unpopular posts.
Martin Garner, tech analyst at CCS Insight, said the button appeared to be part of Facebook's continued resistance to labelling itself a publisher.
"It has become very clear that Mark Zuckerberg doesn't want Facebook to have the responsibility of identifying what is offensive or misleading - and what is not - because that would put him into the position of being a publisher rather than a platform," he said.
"He doesn't want to do that as it takes the business in a different direction - so he is leaning on the community to do it.
"It is an open question as to whether that's the right answer or not but that's where this
fits in." —BBC