Facebook’s Dislike Button Isn’t Really a Dislike Button!
Ever been scrolling down your Facebook news feed and see someone post about a death in the family or a hard time they’re going through? To show support, you “like” their post, not because you actually like that they’re having a hard time, but to show solidarity and besides commenting, that’s the only feature Facebook allows, until now.
Soon, you’ll be able to show empathy on Facebook posts. Yesterday, during a public Q&A, Mark Zuckerberg announced the company was working on a way to show empathy for victims of tragedies and other things that are considered inappropriate to “Like.”
It was reported the new feature would be a Dislike button, but that’s not the case.
“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,” said Zuckerberg. “That doesn’t seem like the kind of community we want to create.”
As for those posts we all see on our newsfeeds that are uncomfortable to “Like,” this new button will be a solution.
“People aren’t looking for an ability to downvote other people’s posts. What they really want is to be able to express empathy. 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.”
This is in fact a good point. It’ll also be interesting to see how this “empathy button” impacts the 2016 presidential election, if at all.