The Facebook Dislike Button is coming
16 September, 2015 | Social media
For years, the public has been crying out for Facebook to add a Dislike Button and Facebook have finally confirmed we are going to get one.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook took the stage yesterday to announce all sort of news regarding Facebook and to answer some of the publics questions but the big news from the event is that Facebook are working on a Dislike Button.
During the Q&A, Mark Zuckerberg said,
“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 are close to shipping a test of it”.
Since the introduction of the Like Button back in 2009, Facebook users have wanted a Dislike Button, yet Facebook has always avoided the dislike button option to avoid being too similar to Reddit, as they allow you to vote up and down and Zuckerberg has stated he doesn’t want it to become this.
However, the new button will be put in place as a tool to “express empathy” because as Zuckerberg said “not every moment is a good moment.”
Facebook has also been against the Dislike Button as it could also be used as in a bad way which in turn could dissuade people from posting, liking and sharing which Facebook obviously don’t want. It will be interesting to see how Facebook will prevent this type of use of the button happening.
We can’t imagine Facebook allowing a simple Dislike Button as it will likely be abused and used in a negative way, dissuading users and advertisers from posting which leads us to believe that we can expect something more like an empathy button or something similar.
Clearly Facebook are trying to avoid this and that is why they have been working on it for so long but Facebook have stated that they are close to shipping it out for testing and that we can expect to see this new button “soon”.