You’ve been asking for it. You’ve been hoping for it. For so long now, you’ve been wishing there was some way to express yourself on the granddaddy of all social media platforms… And today, your wish has been granted.
The ‘dislike button’ is coming to Facebook.
Thanks to a report from Business Insider, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, spoke up during a Q & A announcing the obvious and most wished for social expression tool out there. The dislike button will become a thing. And most likely, a thing everybody will use.
Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Facebook is finally working on a “Dislike” button.
“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 during a Q&A at Facebook’s headquarters.
Of course people have been asking for the dislike button. So many times I’ve seen posts on FB that are sad or even angry and in the comments thereafter, someone will say something along the lines of: ‘dislike!’ or ‘I wish this had a dislike button cause I would use it!’ Mr. Zuckerberg heard your calls.
It makes complete sense and it’s a wonder it didn’t happen sooner. In the end, it’s because of his vision for Facebook that didn’t allow a sort of ‘downvote’ option as in Reddit. He says here,
The social network didn’t immediately design a way because it didn’t want it to become a Reddit-style system of upvoting and downvoting. [EDIT] But, Facebook and Zuckerberg have realized that people aren’t looking to downvote each other, but to have an option to express feelings other than “liking.” Zuckerberg cited moments like the news about the recent refugee crisis or even posts about family members who have died. Users don’t want to “like” those items, but right now, have no other option.
Exactly my point and the point of a billion other people out there. With so many issues popping up in this world, Facebook has not only become a place to share family photos and shots of food, but a place to express your political views, sexuality and other assorted hot button topics. The ying to the yang in this space is an obvious one… You don’t like something, now you have the option of letting the poster know.
Still no word on when the button will launch on the site; only a vague comment that states it is ‘coming soon.’ We will be sure and update the post as soon as the launch is completed.
As always, make sure you keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.