Will we finally be able to dislike something on Facebook?

September 15, 2015

How many times have you wanted to dislike something on Facebook, only to reluctantly “like” it for lack of other options. Well, Facebook Inc. is working on options besides the “like” button for users to weigh in on their friends’ postings, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a public Q&A.

The alternatives would help people express sympathy or empathy, and will start being publicly tested on the social network soon, he said in the session at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

“People have asked about the dislike button for many years,” Zuckerberg said. “We’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community.”

The “like” feature was originally conceived in 2007 as an “awesome” button, before rolling out to users in 2009 as “an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click.” The button and its thumbs-up icon have since become a universal symbol for Facebook itself, helping the company’s 1.49 billion users acknowledge friends’ milestones or express their affinity for a brand or cause. Still, the button doesn’t provide an appropriate response for sadder content often shared on Facebook, such as death, Zuckerberg said.

He didn’t elaborate on what the other options would be. But we can only hope we’ll be able to dislike something on Facebook soon.

“We’ve been working on this for a while,” Zuckerberg said.

© 2015, Bloomberg News

You may be interested

Ocean-gazing under the dome
Photos & Video
4441 views
Photos & Video
4441 views

Ocean-gazing under the dome

Katherine Stanley - October 17, 2017

Renowned Costa Rican pianist and composer Manuel Obregón, artist Carlos Hiller, underwater photographer Simón Bolivar, LUZ ART and the Children's…

Día de las Culturas/Columbus Day: a brief, incomplete guide
Global
1098 views
Global
1098 views

Día de las Culturas/Columbus Day: a brief, incomplete guide

Jill Replogle - October 16, 2017

Happy Día de las Culturas (Cultures Day), Columbus Day, Día de la Raza (Race Day, loosely translated), Indigenous Peoples Day,…

Costa Rica’s cement scandal isn’t over, but public trust is unquestionably damaged
Op-Ed
1761 views
Op-Ed
1761 views

Costa Rica’s cement scandal isn’t over, but public trust is unquestionably damaged

The Tico Times - October 16, 2017

The summary we published three weeks ago about the Chinese cement affair is now in the past, because every day…