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FACE­BOOK is test­ing out a new fea­ture that lets users down­vote com­ments — which could her­ald one of the big­gest over­hauls in years to the so­cial net­work.

In a se­ries of tweets, tech re­porter Tay­lor Lorenz posted pic­tures of her Face­book feed show­ing the op­tion to “down­vote” com­ments, along­side the Like and Re­ply but­tons. Mul­ti­ple other peo­ple have since re­ported see­ing the op­tion in their feeds.

Com­par­ing the fea­ture to Red­dit, where users can down­vote or up­vote con­tent, Lorenz wrote: “Face­book is test­ing down­vot­ing com­ments. Very Red­dit tbh!”

The fea­ture does look sim­i­lar to Red­dit’s for­mat — and it cap­tured the at­ten­tion of Red­dit co-founder Alexis Oha­nian Sr, who tweeted in re­sponse: “Sin­cer­est form of flat­tery! Wish I’d trade­marked it and ‘up­vote’ when I came up with it.”

A down­vote or dis­like but­ton has long been a ru­moured next step for Face­book, but un­til now the so­cial me­dia plat­form has mostly stuck with the pos­i­tiveonly thumbs-up but­ton.

But it ap­pears the fea­ture is real — de­spite some as­sum­ing the pic­tures were fake.

How­ever, peo­ple are al­ready ques­tion­ing whether adding a down­vote but­ton is a good idea.

Re­spond­ing to the orig­i­nal post, one per­son wrote: “I was just think­ing that Face­book needed more neg­a­tiv­ity.”

– Chelsea Ritschel

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