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Facebook’s Future ‘Dislike’ Button Would Be An Alternative To ‘Like’ And Not For Downvoting

Published on 16 September, 2015 at 3:18 pm By

People will finally be getting a ‘Dislike’ button on Facebook.

While rumours about Facebook getting a dislike button has surfaced many times in the past few years, the news is 100% confirmed this time around as Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself made the announcement.


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Talking about the ‘dislike’ button during the Townhall Q&A at Facebook headquarters, Zuckerberg said:

“People have asked about the ‘Dislike’ button for many years … 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.”

Soon after the Q&A session, Zukerberg even posted the video of the discussion on his Facebook page:

 

But the button might not be called a ‘Dislike’ button at all.



What others are calling the ‘Dislike Button’ is actually an alternative to the Like button, which is another way for people to express their emotions on the popular social networking site.

 

Explaining the concept further, Zuckerberg said that he wants to introduce the ‘dislike’ feature as a means of showing empathy, rather than using it to downvote things.


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He just wanted an alternative for a situation that was sad and needed a quick too to emote it on Facebook. He said:

“Not every moment is a good moment and if you are sharing something that is sad, like the refugee crisis that touches you, or a family member passed away, 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.”

Here is what Zuckerberg said about what we would call the ’empathy’ button:

 


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