Facebook has been abuzz with the discussion that it might finally give users the ability to “dislike” things. But during a live-streamed session Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg said the company was testing alternatives to the “Like” button, but that it may not be what people think.
“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years,” Zuckerberg said, “Today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it.”
Indications are that it may not actually be called a “dislike” button. More than being a way expressing disdain for people or posts, it would be more for showing empathy for posts that seem inappropriate to “Like,” like news natural disasters or loved ones dying.
Zuckerberg noting, “Not every moment is a good moment.” And though he realizes some people want a “dislike” button to express disagreement or disapproval, Zuckerberg said. “I don’t think that’s socially very valuable, or great for the community.”
No date has been announced for rollout of the new feature.