Some of us have been either waiting for this or dreading this for way too long. Finally, after years of back-and-forth and some wild speculation, social media juggernaut Facebook is working on a Dislike button.
As confirmed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself!
During a town hall meeting on Tuesday (15th September) at the Facebook HQ in California, Mark said that the feature will be coming soon. But he also stressed that it’d be more of a way for users to express other emotions besides the inferred positivity of the Like button, and not a way for users to “downvote” posts.
A CNBC report quoted Mark as saying:
People have asked about the “dislike” button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, 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.
Mark added that the company has held off on a Dislike button to avoid becoming a Reddit-style system that encouraged upvoting and downvoting.
“What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment,” he said.
The implementation of a Dislike button is a tricky proposition because it could be very easily abused, but at least it’ll allow for a more appropriate response to certain posts on Facebook.
Who else has been looking forward to a Dislike button for the longest time now?