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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

'Dislike' button coming to Facebook

It's coming.

Facebook is to add a 'dislike' button to its social network, founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.
If you're a long term user, you may be forgiven a 'dislike' button existed at some point.. it didn't. But: back in 2007 there was a 'thumbs up' and a 'thumbs down' button.

And a 'dislike' button has been constantly requested by users since the introduction of the now-iconic "like" button in 2009. Yes, it has only been around since then, not since the very beginning of Facebook.

In a Q+A session held at Facebook's headquarters in California, Zuckerberg said the button would be a way for people to express empathy, and added that Facebook was "very close" to having it ready for user testing.

"People have asked about the 'dislike' button for many years," Mr Zuckerberg told the audience on Tuesday.

"Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it."

He added that he did not want it to be a mechanism with which people could "down vote" others' posts.

Instead, it will be for times when clicking 'like' on upsetting posts felt insensitive.

So, let's be sensible when it's instated, people! Be nice, be 'dislike' appropriate.

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