The social media site’s users want the ability to express
empathy about certain posts, says Facebook CEO: ‘Not every
moment is a good moment’.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says the company
is – at long last – responding to the desire for a “dislike”
button on the popular social media site.
“I think people have asked about the dislike button for many
years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can
say we’re working on it and shipping it,” Zuckerberg said.
There aren't a lot of details beyond that, but
Zuckerberg says that Facebook's goal is to implement
the button in a way that makes it a tool to "express
empathy" — as in, to Dislike a sad moment that a
friend shared — than a way to hurt someone. So
while Zuckerberg may have called it a "Dislike"
button, what Facebook is building may approximate
better to a button for sharing compassion when a
thumbs up is socially inappropriate.
Finally, not all posts deserves a like neither does it deserve silence. With the dislike button I got lots of posts to attack.