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Facebook Could Be Working On A Dislike Button

Like Or Dislike?

A few years ago, Facebook introduced, the now well-loved, 'Like' button. The premise of it was simple but also revolutionary: if you enjoyed a person's post on the social network, you could press one button to let them know. This, to some extent, changed they way we think about social media. It's now all about how many 'Likes' you get and no longer about simply sharing your life updates.

After the appearance of the 'Like' button many wondered if the opposite, the 'dislike' button would also be introduced to Facebook users. During, Mark Zuckerberg's second Q&A session, he addressed the question head on, and his answer was quite revealing.

Mark Zuckerberg has told the world what exactly may be in the works for a 'Dislike' button; "And, you know, some people have asked for a Dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘That thing isn't good’. And that’s not something that we think is good for the world. So we’re not going to build that.". There it is, sorry to crush all those hopeful's dreams out there, but Facebook will not be making a 'Dislike' button.


The reasons behind this decision make sense, Mark Zuckerberg outlined that: "I don’t think there needs to be a voting mechanism about whether posts are good or bad. I don’t think that’s socially very valuable or good for the community to help people share the important moments in their lives." And I agree with Mark Zuckerberg, while sometimes a 'Dislike' button could be fun, it would probably promote cyber-bullying on the social network.

Not all hope is lost though, while they are not working on a dislike button, they are working on other emotions. A 'Like' could mean anything, but sometimes it does not quite feel appropriate, You wouldn't want to 'Like' a status about a person's deceased family member. And so according to Facebook's creator, they want : "to make it so people can easily express a broader range of emotions to empathize or to express surprise or laughter or any of these things."

This idea could definitely work on Facebook, where instead of just expressing a 'Like' you could express a wider range of emotions. I can imagine a 'LOL' or 'WTF' buttons could be very useful and simple to use on Facebook.


This was the second live Q&A for Mark Zuckerberg and his grey t-shirt. The questions asked are broad and Mark answers them as honestly as possible. This suggests to me a new transparent policy for Facebook who want to be more open with their audience.

Laura is a recent graduate from University of East Anglia in Film and Television Studies, currently interning as a content writer but hoping to one day live off her writing. Follow her @LauraAtSMF.

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