Facebook is about to make hating on dumb comments on its popular social media website a lot easier. Mark Zuckerberg seems to have discovered a new way to transfer all the arguments and hate comments in the feed into something much more organized.
On Thursday, a lot of users noticed a new feature on the social media platform. The feature allows users to downvote comments they don't like. This feature is already available on other websites such as Reddit, but Zuckerberg has always been reluctant about adding a 'dislike' button to the platform.
But, according to a thread on Reddit, first spotted by The Daily Beast, a version of that button has finally made its way to some users' accounts. Facebook in response said that the move doesn't necessarily mean that the 'dislike' button will soon be available on the platform.
"We are not testing a dislike button," a spokesperson told Mashable in an interview. "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."
It's imperative to remember that Facebook keeps testing out new features on subsets of its users, and doesn't always bring them to life for mass consumption. For the downvoting button, the company admits that only 5 percent of US Android users can use the new option.
The social media giant also recently filed a patent for a new technology that will automatically find out user's socio-economic status and differentiate them in any of the three classes such as working class, middle class or upper class.
It is said that Facebook wants to create a system that will collect the personal information of its user base like education, internet usage, home ownership and more, in order to determine their socio-economic status.
The patent claims that the third parties are effectively promoting their products and services on the social media platform, and Facebook can make it more engaging to its users on segregating them on the basis of their socio-economic status. In order to make this possible, Facebook will ask users for information such as their age and throw questions related to the age group they belong to.