Facebook is finally working on a ‘dislike’ button, so says its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The social media giant had for years refrained from releasing the feature despite the high demand for it, saying at that time that it was ‘too negative.’ But in a Q&A session on Tuesday, Zuckerberg said, ‘We’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community.’
‘People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and 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.’
Zuckerberg also expressed the hope that the button wouldn’t be abused or used to express negativity.
‘Not every moment is a good moment,’ he admitted. ‘If you share something that’s sad like a refugee crisis that touches you or a family member passes away, it may not be comfortable to like that post…I do think it’s important to give people more options than liking it.’