Facebook not exactly bringing ‘dislike’ button, but working on options to express empathy
People often hit ‘like’ on Facebook and some really want to have a ‘dislike’ button as well. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a public Q&A session on Tuesday revealed that the social networking giant is working not exactly on a ‘dislike’ button but on options to let users express their empathy towards different Facebook posts.
Zuckerberg, when asked on the arrival of ‘dislike’ button, explicitly said that Facebook is building options to let users easily express their empathy a way ahead of simply liking or disliking posts.
“People have asked about the dislike button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this. Today is a special day because today is the day where I actually get to say that we’re working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it,” he said. “You know, it took us awhile to get here. Because you know, 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.”
Although the initial statement suggests the introduction of the anticipated ‘dislike’ button, Zuckerberg told the audience at the Town hall in Facebook HQ that there are no plans to make Facebook a forum by adding a ‘dislike’ button, alongside the existing ‘like’ button.
This certainly means that Facebook is once again thinking of something different to gain in the world of social networking. Zuckerberg didn’t mention any particular button but his words on the empathy options suggest that there would some ways to say sorry or to express sad feelings on a particular post.
“People aren’t looking for an ability to downvote other people’s posts. What they really want is to be able to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment, right? And if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it might not feel comfortable to Like that post,” he added.
Moreover, Facebook released a video showing the part of the Q&A session in which Zuckerberg explained the new development to clarify that there won’t be a ‘dislike’ button but some options for users to express empathy.
The new options would give an edge to Facebook, though it already leads with over 1.49 billion monthly active users. Also, these new options would soon reach across other social platforms such as Twitter and Google+ in some different forms following their rollout on Facebook.
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