On Facebook there is a button for vote “up” posts but not the button to vote “down” if you don’t like something. Many Facebook members have been requesting to this. The good new is that they are working on it! It won’t be exactly a “dislike” button. Perhaps it’s better to call it a “sorry” button.
In a Q&A session at Facebook’s HQ in California yesterday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said they were developing a button so that people could show empathy for posts. For example, if someone announces the death of a relative, or posts about a sombre event, liking it will seem insincere or insensitive, so there will be a button to show sympathy.
On the event Zuckerberg explained: “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 passed 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.”
We don’t know what will be the name or a symbol for a button. Probably it will be a “thumbs down” icon, as is often touted. There’s also no fixed date for launching the new feature yet, which they have been working on for a while. Zuckerberg said that it was “surprisingly complicated” to make the seemingly easy feature, no doubt due to the various algorithms Facebook uses to sort posts that may need to be changed.
“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”, Zuckerberg explained.
Empathy button? Solemn pat on the back? Poke of sympathy? So, what you think it will be called?