Facebook Close To Unveiling The Long-Awaited “Dislike” Button

The opposite of this could be coming to a Facebook page near you soon. (afagen)

The opposite of this could be coming to a Facebook page near you soon. (afagen)

Nearly a year after Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg said the company was kinda, sorta looking into creating a “dislike” button for all those posts you, well, don’t like, he says the social network is on the cusp of unveiling a companion for the often overused thumbs-up sign.

Zuckerberg announced that the company was gearing up to unveil the option for negative Nellies during a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters on Tuesday, reports USAToday.

“It’s important to give people more options than just ‘like’ to help express empathy,” Zuckerberg said. “Not every moment is a good moment.”

For years Facebook has stood steadfast against a dislike button, saying the option could be perceived as bullying or shaming other users.

The company’s aversion to a thumbs-down button appears to have been wavering, as Zuckerberg noted in the town hall meeting that there were certain instances in which a “dislike” would come in handy, such as a family death or a crisis.

Facebook working on ‘dislike’ button, Mark Zuckerberg says [USA Today]

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  1. SingleMaltGeek says:

    This is really, really simple: give the person who posts something the option of allowing or blocking “dislikes” on their posts. People who get bullied online can turn it off by default, while most people can probably leave it on by default, but maybe turn it off for political or otherwise controversial posts on a case-by-case basis.

    There, problem solved.

    (Yes, I know the programming of that isn’t that simple, but it can’t be any more complicated than allowing replies to comments!)