Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB) may soon include the popular Reddit feature –downvote on its platform to get the exact feedback regarding a post. Recently the social networking site confirmed testing for this new feature with a small group at the start of the year and now it is being rolled out to more users in the Australian continent.
As of now, there is no option for a Facebook user but to like or just make some comment. But this is going to change soon. The networking giant is soon to introduce the downvote feature similar to Reddit so the posts can be classified based on popularity. According to FB, this new move will give a shakeup to its comments formula and help in creating more constructive dialogue. However, the platform will refrain from having a ‘dislike’ button as it wants to promote positive interactions.
The FB users already have many colorful and multiple ways to react and express themselves on the networking platform using emoji’s and GIF’s, posting and commenting pictures from happy to sad and celebrating to angry. However, an introduction of downvoting will surely define the popularity of a particular post and change a lot of things on FB, especially it will clear of unwanted saturation of low-quality content.
Prior to the testing process, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the company posted on his personal profile that in 2018 the big focus will be to encourage meaningful interactions between people. And it seems addition of this new feature was the ‘big focus’ about which the co-founder of FB was talking about. According to a statement made by FB’s spokesperson, “People have told us they would like to see better public discussions on Facebook and want spaces where people with different opinions can have more constructive dialogue.”
Basic Difference Between Reddit & Facebook
So now that both the networking sites will have almost similar features like comments, upvote, and downvote, will they be working on similar lines? Basically, Reddit is a democratic platform promoting freedom of expression as its users can comment and vote the posts they like or dislike. The platform is more about discussing and posting news, stories and topics of interest.
On the other hand, Facebook is more about connecting with friends, co-workers, family and like-minded people and hence the impact of the introduction of downvote feature is certainly going to be quite different.