We've pleaded, we've speculated, we've commented an finally, it looks like we're getting what we asked for. Get ready to press "Like", because Facebook is finally getting a "Dislike" button... or at least something like it.
A Dislike button has been one of the most-requested features by users of the social media platform since the introduction of the now-iconic "like" button back in 2009.For years, avid Facebookers have complained that there was no quick way to say they didn't agree with something. Moreover it's been argued that a Dislike button would be a much more emotionally friendly way to show empathy towards someone else's unfortunate situation.
Come on, we've all been there: your friend's dog died and you automatically click Like to show solidarity. It takes only a split second to realise that you’ve just given big thumbs up to your pal's best friend biting the dust.
You quickly scramble to the comments section to reassure your BFF that you emphatically did NOT mean to Like that their fur baby passed away, but that you actually meant Dislike and hope they’re OK. PHEW. Crisis averted. But what a hassle!
CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the social media giant’s plans for such a Dislike button – or something like it – during a live-streamed Q&A session at the company’s California headquarters Tuesday. He said Facebook was "very close" to having the button ready for user testing.
"People have asked about the 'Dislike' button for many years," Mark said. "Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it."
He went on to say he didn’t want the button to be a mechanism with which people could "down vote" or devalue others' posts.
Instead, it will be for all those times when clicking Like on "sad" posts felt like a really awkward, insensitive thing to do.
Well Facebook, if this comes out the way we hope it will, we’ll be giving you guys a big fat “Like”!