Facebook Gives Thumbs Down to Dislike Button

One of the most demanded features from Facebook users is a Dislike button – offering a counter to the Like button which has been a social network mainstay now for a number of years. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has addressed this in a recent Q&A and suggests they have been thinking about it – but confirms it’s likely not going to happen.

While being quizzed by students at University of California the question came up again about the possibility of a Dislike button and Zuckerberg confirmed that it is in fact something they considered because there are more sentiments than just liking something. But it is in debate as to whether it would ultimately have a positive role in our online social life.

“The Like button is valuable because it’s a quick way to share a positive sentiment” the social mogul said. But puts a dampener on the idea of an alternative when he added “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.”

Zuckerberg did however comment on other ranges of emotions that have been talked about and could be employed, such as ‘surprise’ in regards to a tragic event. Which we personally think might be a little too comical to express a sentiment of respect.

Of course everybody should have the opportunity to agree or disagree with something they see online, but we sort of side with the Zuck over the Dislike button debate. Will adding a feature that allows us and our friends to express a negative opinion of something (without comment or explanation) a good thing – or will it create even more drama than the social network is already unfortunately a notorious platform for?

What do our Gadget Helpline readers think of the possible introduction of a Dislike button – Thumbs up or Thumbs down?

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