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Facebook adds Reddit-style downvote buttons to foster “better” comments

Facebook is expanding the rollout of its experimental Reddit-style upvote and downvote buttons.

The social network started testing the features in February, and appears to be making them available for more and more users. People say they have just become available in Australia and New Zealand.

It might be a while before they make their way to Blighty though.

“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,” Facebook told Cnet.

“To that end, we’re running a small test in New Zealand which allows people to upvote or downvote comments on public Page posts. Our hope is that this feature will make it easier for us to create such spaces, by ranking the comments that readers believe deserve to rank highest, rather than the comments that get the strongest emotional reaction.”

Facebook is no stranger to, ahem, borrowing ideas for new features from other companies − think Instagram and basically everything Snapchat’s ever done − and Facebook’s move hasn’t gone unnoticed by Reddit’s bigwigs:

What other Reddit-inspired features would you like to see Facebook try to rip? Share your thoughts @TrustedReviews.

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