A question which has been asked since the “Like” button came into existence. It is the most discussed potential social media feature – a Dislike button for F
Facebook has tested this idea time and time again, adding a dislike button as a way for users to show their disagreement with Facebook posts. Last year, Facebook tested upvote/ downvote systems for comments, similar to Youtube. The notion was to reduce the impact of content posted with bad intentions. The test lasted for a few weeks and there has been no activity on it since.
So why would Facebook need a dislike button? Imagine a really offensive post that is seen by 50 thousand people this post is liked by 10 percent of the viewers ( 5k likes) but for the other
Having a dislike button can reduce the arguments people end up having leading to further disagreements. The D
Is there a downside to downvote/dislike button? The dislike button could potentially be used to attack particular pieces of content and reduce its perceived popularity without people actually knowing what the piece of content is about. Theoretically, you could gather enough people and decide to dislike a particular post ensuring that the reach of that post is reduced which is not the intention of the
Noting the arguments above, it is easy to see why the dislike button is a controversial feature. It provides a simple option to voice broad level disagreement but comes with a potential misuse which Facebook is trying to reduce on its platform. Given that users can already report content if they wish to do so and that has not always been used with the best of intentions. It is difficult to say whether the dislike button will make things better if implemented with proper checks in place and whether or not facebook embraces it, only time will tell.
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