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Facebook to add ‘dislike’ button, says Mark Zuckerberg

FACEBOOK is to finally add a ‘dislike’ button to posts on the social network. Founder Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement during a question and answer session held at Facebook’s California headquarters. The 31-year-old entrepreneur said that the button would be introduced to allow people to express empathy on appropriate posts.

Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook was close to introducing the button for user testing.

A ‘dislike’ button has been called for by many users of the site since the ‘like’ button was brought in in 2009.

Zuckerberg said: “People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years.

“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.”

But Zuckerberg stressed that he didn’t want it to become a function for people to ‘down vote’ other posts.
Rather, it will be used for sad posts – when clicking the ‘like’ button may be seen as insensitive

 

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