Facebook Is Considering Adding A “Dislike” Button

I'm not an artist, but I do my best. (afagen)

I’m not an artist, but I do my best. (afagen)

You know you’ve had that thought — “I OPPOSITE OF “LIKE” THIS, FACEBOOK!” — whether it was on the eleventy trillionth gushing baby photo post or whatever ridiculous political thing that person from high school is posting this time. And while Facebook has long stood firm against a “dislike” button, it seems the negative Nellies out there have some sway with The Zuck, nevertheless.

Yesterday during a Facebook Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg, the head of the social network said the company is mulling over the addition of a “dislike” button — a thumbs down to go with that ever-present thumbs up, reports Business Insider.

“We’re thinking about it,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s an interesting question.”

The problem with a dislike button could be bullying or shaming other users, Zuckerberg notes, though it would work for when people wanted to express themselves but didn’t want to comment or use the like button. For example, when someone posts about losing a beloved pet — you want to show support without typing a message, but “liking” the death of a pet can feel just… weird.

“You can always just comment,” he said, though I would point out that many people don’t want to do that, if only for the fact that an endless stream of notifications from others who write after you that need to be silenced by taking action to turn off notifications. It’s annoying, Zuckerberg.

Don’t hold your breath/start flexing those thumbs downward already in your mind — if the “dislike” button happens, it won’t be just yet.

“We don’t have anything that’s coming soon,” Zuckerberg said.

Facebook Is Going To Add More Engagement Options [Business Insider]

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  1. theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

    why not an “acknowledged” button? it’s a thing some of my friends and i have joked about. you don’t want to like or dislike a post about the loss of a pet or a terrible day at work, but you want to acknowledge that it happened