In an interview yesterday, Facebook CEO, Mark Zukerberg has confirmed that the social media platform is set to launch a ‘dislike’ button. This comes after endless requests from users. It’s also interesting to learn that Facebook initially rejected the possibility of making this feature a reality.
In his words:
“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,”
Mark Zukerberg further explains that the feature is more of a tool for expressing empathy, instead of clicking like when a post is socially inappropriate. A good scenario is clicking ‘likes’ when someone announces the death of a loved one or family.
“We don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts,”
“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.”