Facebook is building an empathy button not a ‘dislike’ one!
September 16, 2015
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There has been much debate circulating around for some years about having a Facebook dislike button. Several Facebook users have been requesting for another button like Sorry, interesting or dislike but to no avail. Well your wait is over as Mark Zuckerberg has finally responded to your constant requests. Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg had to say about whether or not, “Facebook is building an empathy button not a dislike one!” below –
“You know, I think people have asked about the Dislike button for many years and probably hundreds of people have asked about this. Today is a special day because today is the day where I actually get to say that we’re working on it and we are very close to shipping a test of it.
You know, it took us awhile to get here. Because you know, we didn’t want to just build a Dislike button because we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts. That doesn’t seem like the kind of community we want to create. You don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that’s important to you in your day and then have someone down vote it. That isn’t what we’re here to build in the world.
But over the years of people asking for this, what we’ve kind of come to understand is that people aren’t looking an ability to down vote other people’s posts. What they really want is to be able to express empathy.
Not every moment is a good moment, right? And if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member past- away, then it might not feel comfortable to Like that post. But your friends and people want to be able to express that they understand and that they relate to you.
So I do think that it’s important to give people more options than just Like as a quick way to emote and share what they’re feeling on a post, so we’ve been working on this for a while. It’s surprisingly complicated to make an interaction that you want to be that simple. But we have an idea that we think we’re going to be ready to test soon, and depending on how that does, we’ll roll it out more broadly.
But thank you for all the feedback on this over the years. I think we’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and hopefully we will deliver something that meets the needs of our community”
Well you can be sure that your woes have been heard and this mystery button is still in its alpha stage but the moment its complete Facebook will implement it. In the meantime let’s all wait a little longer and enjoy interacting with people both near and far. You can follow @SourcingAdda for more updates about your favourite Social Channels or visit Sourcing Adda.