Facebook Is Considering The “Dislike” Button, Finally!
Since the dawn of Facebook, millions if not billions of posts have been liked and commented upon. Many of our friends often post some content which we dislike, or share a certain opinion which makes us want to punch our bestie, in the face.
Sadly, the technology hasn’t progressed enough to allow us a shot at our friends through the screen but, there should be a way for us to express our dislike for certain posts. Whether these posts are from our friends or pages we liked.
For years, users demanded a Dislike button to be added on Facebook. For not listening, the website has been criticized for a long time but thankfully, Facebook is now at least considering a way for this to happen. I would have loved to see a dislike button but it seems Facebook is thinking of some other way instead of a simple button.
The founder Mark Zuckerberg has stated the following:
We need to figure out the right way to do it so [the button] ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad.
The force for good? Ok, what exactly does this mean? Zuckerberg explains:
..And, you know, some people have asked for a Dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘That thing isn’t good’. And that’s not something that we think is good for the world. So we’re not going to build that….But the thing that I think is very valuable is there are more sentiments that people want to express than positivity or that they Like something. You know, a lot of times, people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives, or are tough cultural or social things, and often people tell us that they don’t feel comfortable press[ing] Like because Like isn’t the appropriate sentiment when someone lost a loved one or is talking about a very difficult issue.
I agree with Zuckerberg on this, that sometimes we do feel uncomfortable pressing the like button on a certain post. For example, recently there was a post about killings in Gaza and hundreds of people liked the post and I was thinking the same thing. This isn’t the right way to express our emotions towards this post. There should be a way other than the like button.
We can comment on something and express what we feel but I believe only half of the people who dislike a post ever comment on it, they just ignore it completely. At least that’s what I do.
The matter of adding a Dislike button or a way to express something other than a positive emotion, isn’t as simple as it seems. Hopefully, Facebook will figure out a way to make things work.