Facebook is currently testing a negative voting system. The social network to more than 2 billion users confirmed to TechCrunch that he was conducting this experiment on a limited number of pages.Facebook, however, refuses the qualifier that comes to mind to qualify this option: “It is not a button ‘I do not like’ but simply to test a feature that allows us to make feedback on Comments left on publications of public pages. This test is underway for a small number of people exclusively in the United States. ”
Facebook is testing, with a limited number of US users, an option to hide a comment with a negative vote. An experiment that questions the moderation policy of the platform.
In practice, using this negative vote – well known to users of Reddit – hides the comment in question – before, if desired, to report as “misleading”, “offensive” or “off topic”. If the option is still being tested, she questions Facebook’s moderation policy. Given the initiative of some countries like Germany – where the platform incurs a fine of several million euros when it does not moderate hateful content fast enough – the social network could be encouraged to be too preventive, left to drift towards censorship.