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Facebook To Finally Add Dislike Button So Users Can ‘Express Empathy’

Facebook Finally Adding Dislike Button So Users Can 'Express Empathy'

Facebook is making another big change, and this one might leave you in a dilemma of choosing between a thumbs-up, or thumbs down on future timeline posts.

In a recent Facebook Q&A, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed plans of rolling out a “Dislike” button after receiving countless requests from users over the past few years.

“I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years,” said Zuckerberg “Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.”

Zuckerberg also admitted that the idea of a “Dislike” button was initially shelved, as the network didn’t want to follow Reddit, and create negativity.

“It’s surprisingly complicated to make an interaction that will be simple,”

The primary reason behind launching the “Dislike” button is so people can express empathy for sad posts, such as deaths, crises, and other negative scenarios that take place on a daily basis.

“What they really want is the ability to express empathy,” Zuckerberg added, “Not every moment is a good moment.”

While there is a justifiable reason behind the “Dislike” button, it will no doubt lead to negativity and for that reason, Zuckerberg pointed out that the new feature will be temporary to begin with.

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