LONDON: In a much-anticipated move, social media giant Facebook is reportedly working on introducing a 'downvote' feature in the coming months, which is being speculated as a means of disliking a post. A report that appeared on The Independent noted that a Facebook user's News Feed showed the option to "downvote" comments, alongside the Like and Reply buttons.
While this has been a long-pending move, Facebook has continued to operate with the Like button itself.
Clicking the downvote button hides the comment for the user who taps it, then asks them to say whether the comment was "offensive", "misleading", or "off topic".
"The company has confirmed the test but added it is only intended to be a method for flagging questionable comments on public posts," The Verge quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying late on Thursday.
"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 spokesperson added.
A "dislike" button has been on many users' wishlist since the social media giant introduced its "like" button in February 2009, according to CNET.
Facebook's "like" button allows users to express their approval for the messages, photos and other content their friends posted.
In 2016, Facebook rolled out the option of choosing from a collection of emojis called "Reactions" to respond to posts or images with more nuanced emotions than "like."
The new symbols represented expressions of love, laughter, surprise, sadness and anger.
However, it remains unclear as to when the feature may be rolled out.
Adding on to reports of the downvote feature, it was reported that a similar button was witnessed along with a video uploaded to Twitter.
An official confirmation from Facebook, however, is yet to be received.