TikTok has announced that it has started testing a way for users to identify comments that they think are unrelated or unsuitable. Following the announcement, the agency confirmed that users who are part of the test will be able to flag these sorts of comments via private dislike button.
The latest attribute is recently being tested in select regions excluding the United States. Once a user dislikes a comment the dislike won’t be public and commenter’s 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 said it sees the button as a way for users to flag comments that may be spam or that don’t make sense in the context of the video they’re posted under. The agency explained that the dislike button isn’t seen as a way to report comments and that users should use the standard process for reporting comments from harassment, hate speech, bullying, etc.
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We’ve started testing a way to let individuals identify comments they believe to be irrelevant or inappropriate the agency said in a blog post about the latest 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.