What’s there to like about Facebook’s impending “dislike” button?
Although people have asked Mark Zuckerberg for a “dislike” button several times since the introduction of Facebook’s “like” button, the social network giant’s founder refused, stating as recently as last year that “Some people have asked for a dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘that thing isn’t good,’ and we’re not going to do that … I don’t think that’s socially very valuable, or great for the community.”
However, in an acknowledgement that not everything is good on Facebook and that sometimes people need to express that they don’t like a a post or even if they want to express a negative emotion about a sad or anger inducing post, Facebook have announced that it will soon be introducing a “dislike” button.
At a Q+A session in Menlo Park, California, Zuckerberg said that the new dislike button was very close to being ready for testing and that it would provide a way for Facebook users to express empathy. However, some anti-bullyig groups are worrying that it will make people vulnerable to online bullying and fuel negative feelings between friends on the network.