Facebook plans an empathetic 'dislike' button
posted by Michael H. / Sep 15, 2015, 3:53 PM
Most importantly, Facebook does not want the dislike button to be used to disrespect a post or harass someone, and Zuck specifically said he doesn't want Facebook to become a forum for voting posts up or down as you would on reddit. Instead, Zuck says the dislike button will be aimed at a more empathetic tone. So, if someone shares something sad, like losing their job or a loved one passing away, users will no longer have to feel strange about pressing the like button. Instead, there will be the dislike button in order to show support.
As you can tell just from the explanation, this kind of sentiment is very difficult to provide (especially if users can't be bothered to simply type the words "I'm sorry") but Zuck said the company is finally close to shipping a test version of the dislike button. However, he did not say when that test, or the full rollout, might begin.
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posted on Sep 15, 2015, 3:56 PM 4
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This button was always required for the transparency in opinions... good job. Although it will be Pain in the A$$ for those marketing companies.
posted on Sep 16, 2015, 12:10 AM 0
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It's about time. There are a lot of FB posts that are not supposed to be there. There are also a lot of stolen posts that ends up getting more likes and views than the original poster without giving credits. Yes, you can report but it would still be nice to show your dislike to a certain post.
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 4:05 PM 0
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I don't think you understand... Facebook is trying to make a button to show your support about the post content... For example: I post that my puppy died today... and people instead of giving regular "Likes" will click this "Empathetic Dislike" button... like saying "i feel for you".
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 4:13 PM 17
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I realize that that is what it will be intended to do, but you also have to realize that in today's world, it just needs one person to figure out another way to use it and it will turn into that. For instance, the like button was made to show support and say "yay, I like this".... but then it turned into a "Wow, that sucks" or "I acknowledge you post but dont want to talk to you about it" or "yay i like this"
posted on Sep 16, 2015, 8:38 AM 0
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If you want NUANCE, then you, almost by definition, want more than a single button. "Derp, let me give a nuanced response that acknowledges the complexity of your personal/political/professional perspective that you've posted. Let's see my options are 'like' and 'dislike,' hmmm." smh
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 4:46 PM 1
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But what if someone who is a mortal enemy of that person on Facebook liked those sad posts because they disliked the person and thus was glad it happened?
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 5:06 PM 0
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With Facebook being a fairly large tech company, I'm sure that they've been re-working the coding for Facebook so that the dislike button will only appear if the coding detects some kind of "sadness" in the post (like scanning for a certain phrase, or phrases, or combination of words in the post).
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 5:22 PM 0
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I hope that the users are who can add this and not just some kind of algorithm. For example ,someone may put a picture of the death announcement and under it something is written which that man loves to hear or a poet which means indirectly RIP . I don't think an algorithm can detect that.
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 5:50 PM 0
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Just in case you are reading these comments without reading the actual article. The dislike button would replace the like button in situations like divorce or death. So instead of appearing happy and liking the death of someone , you would appear empathy disliking that event .( or sad by another mean). No there won't be a dislike button next to a like button. No you won't be able to dislike a page or dislike a selfie or dislike a company nor any brand.
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 6:52 PM 0
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This is truly a bad idea. There are a lot of mean people out in the world and I can see this as an opportunity to bring people's self esteem even lower. For those people struggling with identity issues, low self esteem and depression I can see more harm(hopefully not more suicides but some people really have that problem) coming from those than good.
posted on Sep 15, 2015, 9:28 PM 0
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It's a stupid idea, not least calling it 'dislike' Oh here'as a dislike button - but you can't use it to dislike something, instead you're meant to use it to emphasise with something. So create an empathy button duh. Call it an empathy button and make it so if it's used in an 'unlike' sense you look like a tit, hardly rocket science.
posted on Sep 16, 2015, 7:29 AM 0
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