Facebook is working on something you’re probably going to “like”.
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced what many users have been requesting for years: a “dislike” button to pair with its more familiar “like” button. Although, strangely, it’s still unclear whether or not the button would actually be labelled “dislike” or even if it would be used to express disdain.
What Zuckerberg was really saying was that alternatives to simply “liking” things are being explored. One possible idea would be to create a button for posts where a thumbs up really isn’t appropriate, like for a tragic news story, for example. Instead, the button could be used to express empathy for a post, rather than filling it with optimism.
“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years,” Zuckerberg said at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. “Today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it.”
Unfortunately, the project is still shrouded in mystery; Zuckerberg didn’t even offer a release date.
We dislike that.