As against the rumours that surfaced on the net last week, it has been confirmed that Facebook is not doing a ‘dislike’ button.
It is true that many users have constantly requested for another option besides the ‘like’ button, especially a ‘dislike’ button that would be used to depict disagreement with a user’s post.
However, Facebook has cleared the air, reinstating that they won’t ever do a ‘dislike’ button because it would only encourage cyber bullying, and Facebook is focused on making the internet a ‘positive’ place.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO never did announce during a press conference that he was going to do a ‘dislike’ button, rather he said he was going to an ‘empathy’ button that allows people to express and show sympathy and feelings towards a user’s less than happy post.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, “Over the years of people asking for this, what we kind of have come to understand is that people aren’t looking for an ability to down vote other people’s posts, what they really want is to be able to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment and if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events, like the refugees crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post. But your friends and people want to be able to express that they understand and that they relate to you, so I do think it’s important to give people more options”.
Many others have argued that users will not use the ‘dislike’ button negatively but rather to show mild disapproval, to express some negative emotions or frustrations, or to express solidarity when someone posts about a negative event. I would have loved to see a ‘dislike’ button, but Facebook disapproves of that, we’ll rather get a button that will be used to express empathy.
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