Some Facebook users have reported seeing an option on some posts that will allow them to "Downvote" the specific post. The option appears inline, to the right of the Like and Reply options and it is currently only available to Facebook users in the USA.
Facebook is testing a Downvote button for some users in the USA. | Dr Groyle/Twitter
The social media company, in an e-mail to iAfrikan, has emphasized that this feature is not necessarily a "dislike" button.
“We are not testing a dislike button. 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 U.S. only.” reads the e-mail from a Facebook spokesperson.
It appears that the feature is part of Facebook's efforts to curb "fake" information circulating on the platform and putting the responsibility of marking such content in the user's hands. Interestingly Facebook is also reported to have said that the button is only for feedback purposes and will not display a count, like its other post feedback buttons, nor affect the ranking of a post on the platform.
Given that the feature is being tested on public posts, it is also likely that it forms part of Facebook's efforts to curb fake news that are spread on the platform. The spread of fake news through Facebook, especially used to influence the 2016 USA elections, has earned the company some criticism from various sectors and people in the USA. One of those critics is acclaimed actor Jim Carrey, who took to Twitter to announce that he is dumping his Facebook stock and "deleting my page because Facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it."
Carrey went on to further add that he encourages all other investors who care about the future of the USA to do the same.