Would You Use Facebook’s “Dislike” Feature?

posted: 09/16/15
by: Courtney Reimer
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If you're on Facebook, surely you've seen the comments on bad news saying things like "where's the 'dislike' button?" and "wish there was a way to thumbs-down this." And lucky for those not keen on "liking" unhappy posts: there's a button for you on the way.

Speaking in a Facebook Q&A yesterday, the social network's founder, Mark Zuckerberg announced that they are "working on it," and users will soon be able to have that feature available to them. Why did they finally succumb to those requests?

"Not every moment is a good moment," Zuckerberg said. "If you share something that's sad, like a refugee crisis that touches you or a family member passes away -- it may not be comfortable to like that post."

But of course nothing is ever so simple. The reason it's taken so long is the development team at Facebook had to grapple with key questions like: what affect will a "dislike" have on the Facebook post? Will it push the story (and future stories from that friend) out of their feed? Or would a certain number of "dislikes" put it onto a "anti-trending" list? Probably neither, according to a Washington Post report on the news.

The key thing, according to Zuckerberg, is that there needs to be a way to express empathy for negative stories, and that's what this new opposite-of-like option will offer Facebook users.