Dislike Button Coming to Facebook

It’s happening! For years, humanity has engaged in online interactions via Facebook with one digital hand tied behind our back. If you liked a post, you could press the “like” button. However, if you disliked a post, you could only express your frustration as a comment. This obvious and unacceptable oversight will at long last be corrected. From CNBC:

The company’s co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg revealed the ongoing tests during a question and answer session on Tuesday.

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and 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 said.

But it won’t be a simple “dislike” function like that seen on YouTube or other sites. Zuckerberg says he doesn’t want Facebook to become a place where your personal moments are “downvoted.”

Instead, Zuckerberg said, the new feature will allow people to “express empathy” with their Facebook friends, explaining what many users of the social media platform already knew: “If you are sharing something that is sad…then it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post.”

For instance, you might not feel comfortable “liking” a death announcement or bad news like a job loss. This new functionality will allow you to acknowledge such messages in a different way.