No Dislike Button for Facebook

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No Dislike Button for Facebook

Daily, there are over 4.5 billion ‘Likes’ on Facebook. The button was introduced in 2009, alongside the share button.

Last week the news of Facebook considering a ‘Dislike’ button hit the internet by storm, trending on both Twitter and Facebook.

However, Mark Zuckerberg has stated that Facebook has no plans to introduce a ‘Dislike’ button, instead he's said that Facebook are considering ways to allow users to express a broader range of emotions.

“We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad and demeaning the posts that people are putting out there.” Mark Zuckerberg.

At a public Q&A session, Mark Zuckerberg said that many Facebook users do not feel comfortable ‘liking’ unfortunate events such as deaths, while other users have shown an interest in being able to express surprise or laughter.

He stated, “There’s something that’s just so simple about the ‘like’ button’ ... but giving people more ways of expressing more emotions would be powerful,” says Zuckerberg.

He added that “it was always possible to comment on a post, he said, yet many people felt they needed to come up with something witty or clever in order to do so.”

So despite no ‘dislike’ button, we can expected to see some other new buttons added to Facebook to help users express more emotions, however Mark Zuckerberg added that there was no forthcoming announcement planned so it may be quite a while until we see these changes to the social giant. 

Luke Stanley