Have you ever read a Facebook post and wished you could write a sad face or a downward thumb button? Mark Zuckerberg is now considering this idea, but he probably won’t call it a dislike button.
While speaking at the firm’s offices in California recently, Zuckerberg said, “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.’ He doesn’t want, he explains, the button to be used to demean people or to be cruel.
As he said, “I think giving people the power to express more emotions would be powerful, but we need to find out the right way to do it, so that it is a force for good and not bad, and demeaning the person out there.”
At the moment, people can send a dislike sticker with Facebook Messenger posts.
Facebook Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor, who created the thumbs up button in 2009, explained “The main reason is that in the context of the social network, the negativity of that button has a lot of unfortunate consequences. If you want to dislike something, you should probably write a comment, because there’s probably a word for what you want to say.”