Feacebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said on Tuesday that the social media platform was very close adding ‘dislike’ button.
While taking part in a Q&A session at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Zuckerberg said that the new addition would be a ‘way for people to express empathy.’
The 31-year-old CEO said that Facebook was “very close” to start its ‘user testing.’
Facebook had introduced ‘like’ button in 2009 and users have been requesting to also add ‘dislike’ button since then.
Zuckergerg told his audience, “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.”
He, however, clarified, that the introduction of ‘dislike’ would not be to ‘vote down’ others’ posts but to to be used when one couldn’t ‘like’ sad posts as that’s often deemed insensitive.
Users often find it insensitive when they see sad post on their friends’ wall and don’t quite know what to do other than just commenting. The addition of ‘dislike’ button is meant to enable those users to express their solidarity.