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TikTok rolls out comment dislike button for all users globally

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TikTok Dislike button

Chinese short-form video app TikTok finally announces the roll of its comment dislike button to all users globally. TikTok began testing the feature back in April to help people identify comments they believe to be irrelevant or inappropriate.

If you click the dislike button on a comment, the dislike won’t be public and commenters won’t be notified that their comment has been disliked. Commenters and other users also won’t be able to see how many times a comment has been disliked. You can also take back your dislike by tapping the button again.

The Company releases the following statement:
“After some testing, we’re releasing it globally. The total number of dislikes a comment has will not be shown and people can take back their feedback by tapping again whenever they like”.

TikTok rolls out Dislike Button for all Users

TikTok says that the aim of this tool is to create a better experience for the users. The dislike button will appear in addition to the option to report a comment for community guideline violations.

“This allows us to better identify irrelevant or inappropriate comments, which helps us foster a comment section for genuine and authentic interactions,” it added.

TikTok has been developing the dislike button for quite some time now, as social media consultant Matt Navarra first spotted the feature in March 2020.

The company reveals that the dislike button isn’t only a way to report comments. Users should instead use the standard process for reporting comments of harassment.

Social media consultant Matt Navarra first spotted the TikTok dislike button earlier this year.

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Twitter has also been testing a private downvote button for replies to tweets.

Google-owned YouTube already offers a thumbs-down9 button for comments while Reddit offers a downvote button for comments.

As with other social networks, you can tap a thumbs-down button to express your displeasure, or undo the action if you’ve had second thoughts.

The company bills the feature as another way to get feedback regarding “irrelevant or inappropriate” comments. Ideally, a comment with a large volume of dislikes will warn TikTok about hate speech, spam, or trolling that it might otherwise miss. That, in turn, could promote healthier comment sections.

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