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Tik Tok announced today that it is testing a way for users to identify irrelevant or inappropriate comments with a dislike button.
According to Tik Tok, users will be able to flag all sorts of comments via a private dislike button. The company said it sees the button as a way for users to flag comments that may be spam or out of context given the published content. In that case, dislikes would only be visible to the specific account owners. Users will not be notified that their comments are disliked but also, it is not a replacement feature for reporting spam and harassment.
It is not recommended to use the dislike button as a substitute for reporting comments of harassment, hate speech, bullying, etc. The new feature has already begun testing with selected user access. The phase has unfortunately excluded users from the United States.
We’ve started testing a way to let individuals identify comments they believe to be irrelevant or inappropriate,” the company said in a blog post about the new test. “This community feedback will add to the range of factors we already use to help keep the comment section consistently relevant and a place for genuine engagement.
Variations of dislike buttons are available on several digital platforms. The feature shares a relation to YouTube and offers a thumbs down button for comments, but the dislike count is private.