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Pessimists, rejoice: Facebook is finally testing out a downvote button

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At long last, people will finally be able to express their negative opinions on Facebook: The Daily Beast reports that the social network is testing out the much-demanded option to add a “dislike” button to its raft of online responses. Certain users began seeing a “downvote” option on some comments earlier today, allowing them to move unwanted content out of the public eye.


Facebook has always argued in the past that a dislike button would “sow too much negativity” on its service, but in light of the company’s current crisis of credibility in the wake of the 2016 election, Mark Zuckerberg and company presumably felt it was worth a shot as a means to let users self-select what they see. The actual structure of the button, meanwhile, is pretty similar to the upvote/downvote system implemented on Reddit—something the site’s co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, was quick to point out earlier today:

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