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CAPE TOWN - In an active attempt to promote meaningful interaction between its users, Facebook is now testing a downvote button on a limited set of public Page posts, reports Tech Crunch.

A Facebook spokesperson reportedly told Tech Crunch Facebook that the motive behind the new feature is to create a lightweight way in which users can signal Facebook regarding an inappropriate, uncivil or misleading comment. 

How it works is, when tapped, the “downvote” button hides a comment. It then provides the user with further reporting options like “Offensive”, “Misleading”, and “Off Topic”. 

The company says that this is a short-term test. The ranking of the comment, post or Page remains unaffected. 

There is also no public display of how many downvotes a comment receives. 

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Meanwhile, a dislike button is the most requested feature on Facebook, but the networking service has ignored calls to give in. 

“We didn’t want to just build a Dislike button because we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts. That doesn’t seem like the kind of community we want to create”, said Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg in 2015. 

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