Wednesday, September 23

Facebook working on a dislike button — but it might not be what you think

Facebook users have been calling for a “Dislike” button for quite sometimes now. Well it looks like their request might soon be granted as the company is reportedly working on it.

That much was revealed by no other person than the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall meeting on Tuesday at the company’s California headquarters. However, users hoping to see a “Dislike” button that would help them to “downvote” posts, have their expectations dashed as the social media company is thinking towards a different direction. Instead they would be able to express other emotions besides the inferred positivity of the traditional Like button.

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today [Tuesday] is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it,” Zuckerberg said, according to a CNBC report.

“What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment,” he said.

On Facebook’s refusal to add a “Dislike” button before now, Zuckerberg said the company did that to avoid becoming like Reddit-style system, which encouraged upvoting and downvoting, according to reports.

“What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment,” he said.

With a Dislike button, companies and individuals would have to watch what they dish out to their followers on Facebook.

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