In trending news this morning, Facebook is testing out a ‘downvote’ button, plus U.S. athletes are staying warm thanks to their heated parkas, and Canada’s Prime Minister takes a hike!
First up, Facebook is testing out a “downvote” button”. Tech-Crunch reports Facebook is testing the button on five percent of android users in the United States. It’s not necessarily a dislike button. Instead, users can signal to Facebook a comment they believe is offensive, misleading or off-topic.
Downvoting was made popular by Reddit. In response to this news, Reddit founder and CEO Alexis Ohanian tweeted “Sincerest form of flattery! Wish I’d trademarked it and ‘upvote’ when I came up with it.”
Also trending, U.S. athletes at the Olympics in South Korea are using jackets designed for both fashion and function. This year’s jacket is the first heated parka worn by U.S. athletes. The heater is stored in the pocket and athletes can turn it up or down and it heats the entire jacket.
Ralph Lauren partnered with tech & design companies from around the country. The battery pack used to heat the jacket was designed by the Baltimore based company Key Tech. The heating panel is an American flag made with conductive ink.