Facebook has finally liked the #DislikeButton rumors going around for months now – the feature is to be available soon, according to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The announcement came from the Facebook founder in a live Streaming Question and Answer session that took place in the Facebook Headquarters today.
The feature has been wished for by many Facebook users for a long time and has been suggested several times on the social networking site. “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it,” said Zuckerberg.
But the #DislikeButton may not be exactly a system of down voting each other, but it would stand as an option for people to use when they are trying to express empathy, sadness or sympathy. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook users now have no other option except to like events such as a demise of a family member or some moments like the refugee crisis. The #DislikeButton will there now for such not so good moments.
When asked about the same feature some nine months ago at a similar event, Zuckerberg had termed the feature as ‘not great for the community’ and ‘not socially valuable’. He has now apparently changed his mind to provide users what they want. The delay in the arrival of this popularly suggested feature was due to Zuckerberg’s worries that the option will create a Reddit Style down voting situation, says he now. The exact arrival date of this new feature is not yet known.
After the announcement, Mark Zuckerberg also answered an array of other questions ranging from the rising cost of healthcare to the kind of future he is planning for his expected daughter.
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