Facebook plans an empathetic 'dislike' button

Facebook plans an empathetic 'dislike' button
According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the social network is planning to give users a feature they've been wanting for a long time: a dislike button. But, the button won't be used for evil, at least that's Zuck's plan, and will supposedly be aimed at giving users a more nuanced option for one-click reactions to a post.

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. 

source: CNBC

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28 Comments

1. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Finally lmao

29. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

This button was always required for the transparency in opinions... good job. Although it will be Pain in the A$$ for those marketing companies.

30. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

But it's sad to see they are implementing this button for different purpose...

2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

And FB stock goes on the rise

3. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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.

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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".

24. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Don't bother. Based on the comment, half of the ppls here can't read.

33. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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"

4. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

ban facebook

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

ban the internet

7. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

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

31. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

EXACTLY - its just more pre-packaged emotion. But just a sign of the times I guess.

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Because everyone knows Facebook knows exactly what they are doing, and facebook is an open and great discussion forum! .........yeah..../sarcasm

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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?

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Anyone who's FB friends with his mortal enemy would probably enjoy it.

16. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Well, then he can comment and say " ha ha ha ha ha Finally I was waiting for so long , gone away that sucker for GOOD " or something evil like that.

14. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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).

17. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

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.

15. gaming64 unregistered

Please add that feature so I can dislike every Kardashian/Jenner article.

18. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

time for teens to start bitching about the amount of dislikes on their selfies.....

19. Rager722 unregistered

I miss the Youtube thumbs down button on display

20. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

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.

21. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yeah now i can dislike all my friends selfies.lol

22. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

So does PA.

23. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

about time

25. rsiders

Posts: 1977; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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.

28. rsiders

Posts: 1977; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Wait, I didn't read the article....

32. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

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.

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