Published On: Fri, Dec 12th, 2014

Friday’s Troll: Unliking Mark Zuckerberg


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We Troll the Internet So You Won’t Have to, in this case, the nuances and wisdom of boy wonder Zuckerberg.

Things Mark Zuckerberg Talked In Public Q&A: ‘Dislike’ Button, Emotion Study And Fried Chicken Pizza

In a recently held Q&A, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tackled a swath of question from Facebook users that covered from whether a ‘dislike’ button was in the way to what were his New Year’s resolution for the coming year.

Zuckerberg has been organizing weekly internal forums at Facebook, which has been a success. Based on this, CEO held his first Open Forum for Facebook users last month and held another round of it yesterday.

 Many ‘unlike’ Zuckerberg’s attempts at wooing Beijing

A lot of the ridicule stems from the recent visit of Lu Wei, the deputy head of China’s Publicity Department and head of the State Internet Information Office, to Facebook headquarters.

Zuckerberg took Lu on a tour of the company headquarters, chatting with him in Chinese. He pointed to a workstation in a large office and said “That’s mine.” Lu Wei is said to have asked if he could sit at the desk, which is when he saw a conveniently placed copy of Xi’s book.

The book collects 79 of Xi’s speeches, discussions, replies to questions, comments on reports and congratulatory letters from over the last two years. The Chinese government published it in the hope of allowing people from all over the world to get an understanding of China’s social structure and culture and the thinking behind Xi’s style of governance. Zuckerberg’s bookshelf is also reported to house volumes such as The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors, A New Kind of Science and The Hard Thing About Hard Things, a book about entrepreneurship and investment.

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What about a “dislike” button? That’s not on the table. “Some people have asked for a dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘that thing isn’t good, ‘ and we’re not going to do that, ” Zuckerberg said. “I don’t think that’s socially very valuable, or great for the community.”

You might see more of a variety of responses in the future, though. The “like” button, he said, “is a powerful way to sympathize or empathize with someone. I think giving people the power to do that in more ways with more emotions would be powerful, but we have to figure out the right way to do it.”

Then, of course, there were the fun and frivolous questions. Zuckerberg doesn’t have any New Year’s resolutions yet (he suggested you post ideas on his wall). His advice to his younger self would be not to worry so much about making mistakes. And the most frivolous of all? What Zuck likes on his pizza.

“My view on this important issue, ” he responded with a laugh, “is that if you’re going to be eating pizza, you might as well be having fried chicken on top of the pizza. Next question!”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on ‘dislike’ button: ‘We’re thinking about it’

 “A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives or are tough, cultural or social things and often people tell us that they don’t feel comfortable pressing ‘like’ because ‘like’ isn’t the appropriate sentiment when someone lost a loved one or is talking of a very difficult issue, ” he said.
“And I think giving people the power to do that in more ways with more emotions would be more powerful. But we need to figure out the right way to do it so that it ends up being a force for good and not a force for bad and demeaning the post that people are putting out there, ” he added.
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