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Facebook dislike button to be ‘force for good’, says Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg has outed his team as ‘thinking’ about adding a dislike button to the social network, but it needs to be positive.

The Facebook CEO was speaking at a Q&A at U.C.Davis, and responded to a law student who asked whether such a feature would ever land.

Zuckerberg conceded that the ‘like’ button isn’t always appropriate, for instance when a status involved something to do with sickness or death,

There are things in people’s lives that are sad, or that are tragic, and people don’t want to like them. We’ve talked about, for a while, how people express a wider range of emotions, like surprise.”

Despite the like button’s flaws, Zuckerberg is still a firm backer of its primacy.

“The like button is valuable because it’s a quick way to share a positive sentiment,” said the Harvard drop-out.

“Some people have asked for a dislike button so they can say something isn’t good, and we’re not going to do that. I don’t think that’s good for the community.”

He then revealed that if a dislike button was added, he would make sure expressing the negative sentiment ‘ends up being a force for good.’

The Facebook community has long been championing the need for a dislike button, so this could be a glimmer of hope for the expectant masses.

Facebook already supports a number of stickers and emoticons, amongst which a ‘thumbs-down’ icon exists.

Zuckerberg had some good news yesterday after Instagram’s CEO revealed the Facebook-owned image-sharing service had finally trumped rival network Twitter.

Instagram now boasts 300 million monthly active users, edging out over Twitter’s formidable 284 million.

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Via: VentureBeat

cravin moorehead

December 12, 2014, 10:45 am

↓dislike

Pbryanw

December 12, 2014, 11:21 am

Your avatar picture is apt in this instance :)

Machobunny

December 12, 2014, 11:23 am

What, exactly, is the purpose of mentioning that Mark Z., one of the most brilliantly successful young men in the history of this country, dropped out of Harvard? What is that supposed to convey against the pointless blabber this article purports as news? If you have a complaint, have the guts to just say so without taking cheap shots. What a jerk of an author.

Dave Nesbitt

December 12, 2014, 7:41 pm

I understood that Twitter is a business/social communication line where Facebook is simply a social tool. Outside of the obvious messaging service, one is professional and the other is not. Both could be compared to WhatsApp except WhatsApp will be charging for their service in 2015. All work, none apparently better than the other and all you need is someone who has the same communication app as you to talk.

danielfrisbee

December 17, 2014, 1:25 am

this is an English website, so there is occasional sarcasm and humour that may not make much sense to americans raised on a different kind of media. I'm not saying this article is good, but 'kissing ass' isn't how it's done over here.

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