Mark Zuckerberg Confirms Work On Dislike Button; Features That ‘Express Empathy’ To Be Introduced Soon

Mark Zuckerberg Confirms Work On Dislike Button; Features That ‘Express Empathy’ To Be Introduced Soon
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Mark Zuckerberg, in a Q&A held yesterday, confirmed that the company is working on a “Dislike” button and other features that would allow users to express empathy.

Weird and annoying posts have always made us wonder why is there no Dislike button on Facebook. It looks like the head honchos of the leading brands are not just listening to us, but taking our requests way too seriously. Earlier today, we told you about Tim Cook confirming in an interview that Apple is working on a system where users can delete the unwanted pre-installed apps. And now, in a Q&A session held on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder, confirmed that the company is testing the Dislike feature.


During the session, he said, “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 also said that the company has been discussing about introducing features that can express more emotions other than “like” but did not introduce “dislike,” as the company does not want to turn the social media platform into a forum where people vote up and down on posts.

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Even though people are talking about the “Dislike” feature, it would not be right to say that Facebook is working on a “Dislike” button. The social media giant is working on a feature that will allow users to “express empathy.” Explaining the issue, Zuckerberg added, “If you are sharing something that is sad… then it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post.”

Hence proved, Zuckerberg thinks one step ahead of us and somehow manages to impress us every time.

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