The user review for the new feature is quite encouraging for Facebook.
Recently, it is learned that Facebook is testing waters with its Reddit-styled feature of upvote & downvote. Through this feature, one can simply approve or disapprove a post depending upon its credibility. The option of upvote & downvote on Reddit is surely a boon of its users.
Earlier this year, Facebook evaluated the new feature on a small group of users to take the feedback. After tasting some success, the feature got rolled out for more people in Australia and New Zealand.
Hmmmm. Not sure I like the Upvote and Downvote feature of Facebook. Time will tell I guess. pic.twitter.com/hxvjW7HaTX— BEN SLATER ???? (@iambenslater) April 29, 2018
The latest add-on got some appreciation from Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who just tweeted "flattered."
Flattered https://t.co/9JY9jeZbNl— Alexis Ohanian Sr. ???? (@alexisohanian) April 29, 2018
Tapping on upvote or downvote will demonstrate the number count and will put the comment of the top with the most number of upvotes. Individuals can rate it on the basis of its authenticity. However, Facebook has already offered its users the provision of adding reaction emojis to posts and comments that signify whether they meet the approval of other individuals.
A Facebook spokesperson told CNET, “Public discussions are an important part of Facebook, and people have told us they want more ways to make sure those discussions are constructive – even when people might disagree with each other. Facebook is a place for free expression, but we also recognize that there should be a way for people tell us and each other which comments are most thoughtful and useful.”
She further added, “To that end, we're running a test that introduces an upvote and downvote action for comments on large public Page posts. This feature allows people to push those thoughtful and engaging comments to the top of the discussion thread, and to move down the ones that simply attack or filled with profanity. This does not affect your personal News Feed or interactions with friends.”
Facebook hasn't made any official declarations about any new feature. The news appears to have broken on Twitter with individuals sharing pictures and screenshots of the upvote and downvote feature. The new feature is in addition to the already existing reaction emojis for each comment.
Both the platform, Facebook, and Reddit are way different from each other. On one hand, Facebook is social media giant, whereas Reddit is a social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. The utilization of upvote & downvote feature is purely different on both of it. It would be interesting to see the users review on this new addition.
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