A dislike button will soon be introduced to Facebook so you can finally show your antipathy for that grumpy cat meme or daily lunch update picture from your mother. After numerous requests from a large number of Facebook’s audience of 1.8 billion users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded positively and said his company are currently developing the button ready for launch in the coming months.
Positive or negative?
Zuckerberg said he did not want the dislike button to fuel downvoting. Instead the button would primarily be used for those times when clicking ‘like’ on a ‘sad’ post felt insensitive.
Liking a post, photo, or update is just a normal feature of Facebook – you are expressing that you like the post’s content. A dislike option opens a whole new can of worms however, as the intentions behind are more unclear. Are you sad? Do you disapprove of a post? How would you categorise your dislike?
We’re yet to see how this button will be best used (and hopefully not abused), but new features are always worth exploring – especially on the world’s largest social media platform.
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