Facebook to Introduce Dislike Button (17 Sep 2015)
Facebook to Introduce 'Dislike' Button
Since the dawn of social media there has only ever been a “like” function on our Facebook posts, but the company has just announced that they will be introducing a “dislike” button very soon.
The format of the button is still unclear, but the company has been working on the concept for a while and expects to roll it out soon.
People have been asking for a “dislike” button for years and many people on social media are welcoming the decision
Why it could be good
Facebook had hesitated to launch a dislike button, but it has come to realise that people want "the ability to express empathy" on posts about unpleasant news.
If you're sharing something that is sad, whether it's something in current events, like the refugee crisis, or if a family member passed away, then it may not feel comfortable to 'like' that post, which some people do.
If your friends want to be able to express that they understand and relate to you, 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.
Why it could be bad
For years, Facebook has resisted creating a 'dislike' button, fearing that it could fuel bullying or negativity.
It could turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people's posts – and this could lead to trolling.
Either way, we're looking forward to the new addition to our Facebook pages.
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