Facebook to introduce the “Dislike” button to show empathy

By | September 16, 2015



Facebook is planning to introduce a “dislike” button for the posts. Mark Zuckerberg said in a Q&A session at Facebook HQ that people can use this button to show the empathy. He said that many people has requested for the “dislike” button since the inception of “like” button back in 2009.

The 31 year old, Facebook co-founder said, “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,”

Dislike button has been one of the most demanding features from the people, as like button doesn’t help in various times like expressing grief to the victim of some tragedy. So this new button is a really good feature. Zuckerberg said, “we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts.” Because “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,”

The new dislike button would be used to show support to the friend’s grief and show that they support him. This is more sensible than just creating a dislike buttons. If Facebook just created a dislike button, it may create confusions like when anyone hit dislike button, it may means different things like disagree about the post or just didn’t like the victim or didn’t like the tragedy. Considering this, a different word may be used rather than ‘dislike.’

Mark Zuckerberg said that it is pretty confusing and complicated thing to create “dislike” button, but it is going to start testing this new features very soon.