TikTok soon to introduce a private dislike button for comments

TikTok is serious about creating a safe space and combating cyber-bullying for its users. The short video platform is currently testing a private dislike button for comments. 

According to the platform, the new feature is currently being tested in select regions however they didn’t reveal which regions exactly. 

How will the feature work?  

Once a user dislikes 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. 

TikTok says the users will be able to flag irrelevant or inappropriate comments. 

“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.” 

The company says they’re doing what it takes to foster authentic engagement in comments.  

“Alongside our work to proactively remove abusive and hateful content or behaviour that violates our Community Guidelines, we also continue to explore new ways to help our community feel more in control over comments. We’ve started testing a way to let individuals identify comments they believe to be irrelevant or inappropriate. 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. To avoid creating ill-feeling between community members or demoralise creators, only the person who registered a dislike on a comment will be able to see that they have done so.” 

To make it easier for our community to find and use the built-in safety tools we offer, we’re experimenting with reminders that will guide creators to our comment filtering and bulk block and delete options. The reminders will be shown to creators whose videos appear to be receiving a high proportion of negative comments. We will continue to remove comments that violate our Community Guidelines, and creators can continue to report comments or accounts individually or in bulk for us to review, said the company in a blog post. 

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