Facebook is FINALLY getting a “dislike” button….which could either be completely awesome or a huge ball of drama-dramz waiting to happen.
According to the New York Times, Mark Zuckerberg (FB’s co-founder and chief executive) said on Tuesday that Facebook was “very close to shipping a test” of a dislike button. He suggested that the new button would probably be more nuanced than a simple thumbs-down option. His comments nevertheless raised the possibility that Facebook, the world’s largest forum for self-expression, could soon become a less friendly place.
“You don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you during your day and have someone down-vote it,” he said.
But Facebook users — there are now 1.5 billion, the company says — have long requested a way to express negative emotions or empathy with something sad or tragic posted on the social network, he said.
“Not every moment is a good moment, and if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events, like the refugees crisis that touches you, or if a family member passed away, then it may not feel comfortable to like that post,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “So I do think it’s important to give people more options than just like.”
So, what do you think? Good idea, or is this just more drama waiting to come to Facebook newsfeeds?