Waiting to Dislike Things on Facebook?


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.”


James Fishman has been involved in the world of online magazines for more than 15 years. He helped launch Sunstone Online and continues to improve the magazine as site editor and administrator. His writing focuses primarily business and technology. To be in touch with James, feel free to contact him at james[at]sunstoneonline.com.

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