Oh No!! Dislike Button coming to Facebook

Yes you read that right. To the horror of some “Dislike” button is coming to Facebook.


Many Facebookers have been requesting for another button that can be used to communicate empathy and now they might be getting their wish after all.


Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, announced that a dislike button is in the works.


Personally I never really liked seeing people “like” a post about something sad on Facebook. I just think a comment to sympathise would have sufficed. But to have a “dislike” button do that job. No, not cool.


A “dislike” button, though well meaning by the Facebook company, may dish out more than the online society can stomach. I think a “hands holding a heart” button I came across on Wired.com will express empathy better than a “thumbs down” button.



Talk about another way cyber bullying (online bullying) can be encouraged. Teenagers, celebrities and even companies may be subjected to this with the introduction of a "thumbs down" dislike button. Well they say be careful what you wish for.


For instance, a dislike button as we all know might not work out well for many company owned accounts on Facebook, as this will encourage a lot of naysayers to bring down the company's brand.


In his defense, Mark Zuckerberg says:

“Over the years of people asking for this what we kind of have come to understand is that…people are not looking for an ability to down vote other people’s posts. What they really want is to express empathy…Not every moment is a good moment, and if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events, like the refugees crisis that touches you, or if a family member passed away, then it may not feel comfortable to like that post. So I do think it’s important to give people more options than just like.”


Let’s sit tight and hope the "more options than just like" the Facebook team has is store isn't the “thumbs down” disliked button.



Pictures: Wired

Story: Nike Ogunshakin


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