Facebook’s “like” button enables its 1.49billion monthly active users to approve a post by someone else but there is no way to do the opposite – disapprove.
However, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that the social network is working on a “dislike” button, to help users vent their anger on posts and “be able to express empathy”.
He made the announcement at a public Q&A session at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
His words: “People have asked about the dislike button for many years. We’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community.
“We’re working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it. We didn’t want to just build a dislike button because we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts. That doesn’t seem like the kind of community we want to create.”
“People aren’t looking for the ability to downvote people’s posts, what they really want is to be able to express empathy.
“Not every moment is a good moment and if you’re sharing something sad… then it may not feel comfortable to like that post, but your friends and people want to express that they understand and that they relate to you, so I think it’s important to give people more options than ‘like’ as a quick way to emote and share what they’re feeling on a post.
“We have an idea that we think we’ll be ready to test soon and depending on how that does we’ll be ready to roll it out more broadly.”