Mark Zuckerberg says ‘Dislike’ button will allow Facebook users to express empathy

Mark Zuckerberg says ‘Dislike’ button will allow Facebook users to express empathy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed in an announcement this week that the social network is building a 'Dislike' button, which Facebook users have been requesting for the past several years.

According to Zuckerberg's announcement, the 'Dislike' button will essentially give Facebook users the ability to express to other users that they understand their feelings when they share some sad news -- such as the news of a natural calamity or the demise of a family member -- and also relate to those feelings.

Zuckerberg's explanation of the 'Dislike' button - which was announced at a town hall meeting at Facebook - means that the button will be used for conveying empathy and support; not mean comments.

Towards that end, Zuckerberg said that Facebook "didn't just want to build a dislike button;" and also added alongside that he did not want that the social networking site should turn into a forum where people's posts are voted up or down by others.

In reference to the 'Dislike' button, Zuckerberg further said that what Facebook users actually want is a feature which will enable them to "express empathy." He elaborated: "Not every moment is a good moment and if you're sharing something sad ... then it may not feel comfortable to like that post, but your friends want to express that they understand and that they relate to you."

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