Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, answered quite a few questions during a Q&A at the company’s headquarters Thursday, but one question piqued the interest of those who still admire Facebook, and that revolved around the idea of a dislike button.
While many have lost faith in Facebook, there are still many who use it on a regular basis and, for those who do, the idea of the dislike button has been around for a very long time. While it has yet to materialize, Mark Zuckerberg says that they are thinking about it.
So what is holding up the long awaited dislike button? Zuckerberg said that while they are thinking of adding a dislike button, Mashable reported that it is very unlikely to say “dislike.”
“‘We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad,’ he said — because a ‘dislike’ or other negative sentiment could easily be used for the wrong reasons.”
According to TechRadar, Mark Zuckerberg knows that Facebookers have been requesting a dislike button so that they can express a wider range of emotions, and while Facebook has made available functions such as comment stickers, could a dislike button become a reality?
“The like button is valuable because it’s a quick way to share a positive sentiment,” Zuckerberg said. “Some people have asked for a dislike button so they can say something isn’t good, and we’re not going to do that. I don’t think that’s good for the community.”
So what does social media have to say about Mark Zuckerberg’s response regarding the possibility of a dislike button?
There’s already enough hate that goes on Facebook. A Dislike button would only make it worse. http://t.co/fvbLgB6sPd
— Abdel Ibrahim (@abdophoto) December 11, 2014
— Joel Swann (@JoelSwann1) December 11, 2014
@businessinsider No! The world is gloomy enough 🙂
— Rebel Bailey (@rebelbailey) December 11, 2014
— sfaulkne (@sfaulkne) December 11, 2014
— David Hoyt (@DavidJHoyt) December 11, 2014
It looks like the once highly desired Facebook dislike button doesn’t quite hold the promise it once did.
While Mark Zuckerberg may claim that they are “thinking” about a dislike button, it seems highly unlikely to ever materialize, at least not in the form of a button that reads “dislike.”