Facebook is NOT getting a DISLIKE button

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Sorry everybody, Facebook is not going to have a DISLIKE button. There have been numerous reports that there will be an actual DISLIKE button to go alongside the LIKE button, leaving people either excited or really upset. People need to know what is really going on.

Although there will not be a DISLIKE button, Facebook will be designing an EMPATHY button for situations people have been concerned with ‘liking’. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the news that there won’t be straight up Dislike button in a public Q&A.

He tells the audience, “You know, it took us awhile to get here. Because you know, we didn’t want to just build a Dislike button because we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts. That doesn’t seem like the kind of community we want to create. You don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that’s important to you in your day and then have someone down vote it. That isn’t what we’re here to build in the world.”

Instead, Zuckerberg wants to build an empathy button for all those situations that call for it. “Not every moment is a good moment, right? And if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it might not feel comfortable to Like that post. But your friends and people want to be able to express that they understand and that they relate to you,” he explains. “So I do think that it’s important to give people more options than just Like as a quick way to emote and share what they’re feeling on a post, so we’ve been working on this for awhile. It’s surprisingly complicated to make an interaction that you want to be that simple. But we have an idea that we think we’re going to be ready to test soon, and depending on how that does, we’ll roll it out more broadly.”

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So, don’t expect to be able to dislike a friend’s recent photo of their trip or a photo you just don’t like. That’s not what Facebook is about.

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