The button so many people have asked about on the popular social media site is finally about to make its appearance. Some suggest that it is the ideal move for Facebook to make while others are still against the implementation of the Dislike button. What we do know is that its introduction will definitely cause a significant change to interaction on the platform.
People have asked whether Facebook would make a “Dislike” button for years, and the response was that it wouldn’t. Th obvious cycle happens: there’s a natural impulse to want to see a “Dislike” button next to Facebook’s Like button, but there are also some real problems with that. Facebook doesn’t want people using “Dislike” as a way to harass or disrespect other people, and you can argue that it certainly doesn’t want people Disliking the sponsored posts that companies pay to put in your News Feed.
“We don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts,” Zuckerberg said. This is not the kind of community that Facebook wants to create – you don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone down-vote it.
Effectively, they want to avoid a Reddit-style system where people can up-vote and down-vote posts. What they really want is the ability to express empathy.
Some users offered alternative suggestions that they thought would minimize harassment on the site, such as adding a “sympathy” button instead or allowing users to opt out of the “dislike” button on their posts.
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