Facebook Is Finally Getting A Dislike Button
Mark Zuckerberg today announced that Facebook is finally going to roll out a “dislike” button. Business Insider reports:
“I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it,” Zuckerberg said during a Q&A at Facebook’s headquarters. Zuckerberg said that the social network didn’t immediately design one because it didn’t want it to become a Reddit-style system of upvoting and downvoting. “That isn’t what we’re here to build in the world,” Zuckerberg said. But, Facebook and Zuckerberg have realized that people aren’t looking to downvote each other, but to have an option to express feelings other than “liking.” Zuckerberg cited moments like the news about the recent refugee crisis or even posts about family members who have died. Users don’t want to “like” those items, but right now, have no other option.
Zuckerberg hopes that dislike button will mostly be used to express empathy. The internet knows better.