Facebook Dislike Button is Coming Soon

The famous Social Networking site has a “Dislike button” coming to existence.

Facebook might actually give the users the power to dislike things. Yep, that’s right.

During Facebook’s Town hall, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the team was testing alternatives to the Like button.

Thumbs Down Button

Facebook Dislike Button - Image Gizmodo©

Facebook Dislike Button – Image Gizmodo©

During the Q and A session held at the headquarters, Mark Zuckerberg answered that the team was “very close” to having it ready for testing.

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years,” Mr Zuckerberg told the audience on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people have probably asked about this “dislike” button. However, he didn’t want it be made into a mechanism in which people will use it to “downvote” other’s posts.

It’s not to “downvote” other people’s posts but to express empathy

The gist about Mark Zuckerberg’s update regarding “thumbs down” button is they want to simply give the users another way to emotionally connect with one another.

However, according to Professor Andrea Forte, an expert in Social and Participatory Media at Drexel University in Philadelphia said, that users will not turn on each other’s posts.

She said in an email: “They may use a dislike button to express some negative emotions (like frustration with ads popping up in their feeds) but I doubt it will cause them to start wantonly disliking pictures of their friends’ babies, dogs, cats and cooking experiments.”

At present, Facebook has not officially named this feature. For some it may be called as the “dislike” button or the “empathy” button. However, at some point this will give Facebook more valuable insights into its users.


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