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,
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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