For a while now we’ve all been wondering when exactly Facebook would integrate a “Dislike” button into the newsfeed. The closest think we have at the moment is a sticker in Messenger. But according to the man himself, Facebook could be getting some form of Dislike button in the near future.
Speaking at a public Q&A session this week, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he’s been listening and knows we’ve been calling for a “Dislike” button for years. But as you know, with such negativity comes a gateway for abuse. People will get “disliked” for no reason at all, ads could be hidden with such a feature, and a ton of other unsavoury things.
So with the Dislike button comes a new way of interacting with Facebook posts.
“People have asked about the ‘Dislike’ button for many years … and today 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,” said Zuckerberg.
He didn’t go too into detail about the feature, but he did add that the tool may be used to “express empathy”, meaning that if you see something sad, like what’s happening with the refugees, or a sad status from a friend, it’ll be a way for you to empathise with the situation.
“We don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts,” Zuckerberg said. “That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create: you don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone downvote it.”
Basically, he doesn’t want Facebook to become anything like reddit.