Facebook is experimenting with ‘upvotes’ and ‘downvotes’ for its comment section

Joe Youngblood, a marketing theorist reveals that Facebook is currently testing the user’s ability to upvote and downvote comments.

As of now, the tests are limited to the Android app but it is likely that it may move to the iOS platform soon as well.

According to a tweet shared by Youngblood, Facebook is taking a page out of Reddit’s playbook that allows its community members to moderate at some extent with the upvote and downvote buttons.

Along with the test feature, Facebook adds a message for the users that ask them to support comments that are thoughtful while demoting the ones that may seem irrelevant or uncivil.

However, in most social media platforms, the comments that receive the most like are at the top of the feed while the downvoted go to the bottom. In Facebook’s case, the messages are pretty much jumbled up regardless of the upvotes and downvotes it has received.

But since the feature is in its test mode, it is too early to comment on the functionality.


Nevertheless, the features seem helpful for the group admins who usually get so many messages each day that they don’t have time filter each. With this feature, the users can do the work for them by singling out the unnecessary comments.

This is not the first time Facebook has tested the voting system on its platform, back in 2018 the same feature was spotted by several other users, however, it remains yet to be seen when the social media giant plans on rolling out this feature to global audience, and whether it will work as efficiently as it seems by looking at the screenshot.

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