TikTok is testing a dislike button but there's a catch

The ‘dislike’ button is on everyone’s social media wish lists and TikTok is reportedly working on one.

However, the ‘dislike’ button will only be for users to report negative or irrelevant comments on posts.

‘We’ve started testing a way to let individuals identify comments they believe to be irrelevant or inappropriate,’ TikTok said in a blog post on safety and community guidelines enforcement.

Dislikes on comments will also be private, visible only to the person who performed the action.

Some users had spotted different versions of the comment dislike option on the app earlier this year.

‘To avoid creating ill-feeling between community members or demoralize creators, only the person who registered a dislike on a comment will be able to see that they have done so,’ said TikTok.

The company is focusing on the safety of creators as it tries to ‘keep the comment section consistently relevant and a place for genuine engagement’.

While TikTok doesn’t let you actually ‘dislike’ a video, you can still let the app know when you’re not interested in a video so the algorithm can avoid showing you similar ones.

In the post, TikTok also said that it was experimenting with reminders for creators to use its comment filtering and bulk block and delete options when their videos received a high volume of negative comments.

Tiktok dislike comment button just make it looks messy I think pic.twitter.com/bBNEk6QsXY

For example, community members can choose to filter all comments for manual review, or filter comments that contain keywords they have selected. Creators can also select who can comment on their content from Everyone, Friends (followers who they follow back) or No One.

The ‘Everyone’ setting will not be available to users under the age of 16.

The company said it would still remove comments that violate its community guidelines, and creators could continue to report comments or accounts individually or in bulk to be reviewed.

The new feature is still being tested so it’s yet to be seen if it will be rolled out in full in the coming weeks.

TikTok removed over 85 million videos between October and December 2021 for violations according to its Transparency report published yesterday. That’s about 1% of all videos uploaded to the app.

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