Now you have a way to show your disapproval of hurtful (or just meaningless) TikTok comments. Following a test this spring, TikTok has begun the global implementation of a comment “dislike” button. As with other social networks, you can tap a thumbs-down button to express your displeasure or undo if you’ve had second thoughts.

The company bills the feature as another way to get feedback on “irrelevant or inappropriate” comments. Ideally, a comment with a high volume of “dislikes” will alert TikTok to hate speech, spam, or trolling that it might otherwise miss. That, in turn, could promote healthier comment sections.

Before you ask: yes, TikTok is aware of the potential for abuse. Like YouTube, TikTok will not display dislike counts. A mob might have less incentive to reject comments they don’t agree with. TikTok hasn’t said whether it will crack down on misuse of the button, but we’ve asked the company for clarification.

This isn’t the only moderation tool at TikTok’s disposal, and the combined resources could help the company rein in comments sections that all too often go downhill. With that in mind, it’s unclear how effective the Dislike button could be given TikTok’s challenges in enforcing its policies. TikTok still has trouble controlling misinformation, for example. Dislikes can help, but they are not a sure solution.

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