For years, people all over the world have asked for a dislike button on Facebook because there are so many status updates and photos that require such a button, right? We always knew that the Facebook policies were against having such a button, but things might have changed a little bit: the Facebook Dislike button is coming – and we have confirmation from Facebook’s head, Mark Zuckerberg.
The man confirmed that the Facebook developers have been working on a dislike button for quite a while and it’s ready to be implemented and tested. Here’s what he said, according to CNBC:
“I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.”
However, the button might not be exactly as most of us would hope for it to be: it appears that instead of a real “downvote” button that expresses a negative reaction (like when you see a photo of the ugliest woman in the world striking a duck face pose while stuffing a hamburger into her mouth, while being in a dumpster with rats crawling over her body), but more of an emphatic reaction. In other words, Zuckerberg said about the Dislike button:
“That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create: You don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone ‘downvote’ it.” Instead, the button will be there to allow you to express empathy: “If you are sharing something that is sad…then it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post.”
So, we’re getting it, but not getting the real dislike button that many of us wished for. So the duck face posing ladies in the dumpsters are still safe from the wrath of the internet and, at least so far, there will be no actual “Dislike” button on Facebook. Most likely, the new feature that’s coming won’t even be called Dislike and we should start getting used to click the “Show empathy” button soon. Which is more awkward than a Dislike…