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Facebook Is Working On A ‘Dislike’ Button

Mark Zuckerberg says the new button will allow users to “express empathy” with their friends.

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“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, ” Mark Zuckerberg said During a question-and-answer session at the headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

The social network said some 4.5 billion ‘likes’ were generated daily as of May 2013,

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Facebook has resisted creating a ‘thumb down’ button, to avoid negativity. While Facebook users have pointed out the ‘like’’ button is not suitable for bad news.

“If you are sharing something that is sad, ” he said, “then it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post.”

According to the 31 years old founder, a ‘dislike’ button was “surprisingly complicated” to develop, because “We don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts, ” he said.

 

 

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