After using a two-question survey to crowdsource which news sites are trustworthy, Facebook could soon ask users to help determine which comments pop up first on public page posts.
Facebook recently confirmed that the platform is testing a downvote button for comments on Pages posts.
The test is running for a small percentage of Android users in the U.S.
Comments on public posts can often number in the thousands, so Facebook’s algorithms rank the comments by the number of replies and interactions.
What the downvote button does is to drive some of the irrelevant or misleading comments farther down the list, which means fewer users will see them.
The button allows users to essentially report a comment, and after downvoting, users that are included in the test can say why they downvoted the comment, including buttons for offensive, misleading and off-topic.