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Facebook to add 'dislike' button

15th September 2015
Facebook to add 'dislike' button

It's the feature a lot of people have been asking for since the introduction of the 'like' button back in 2009, and it's finally on its way.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced this week that the site is 'very close' to the release of the 'dislike' function, with it almost ready for user testing.

The 'like' feature was introduced back in 2009 and was immediately met by a positive response, leading to many Facebook users requesting a similar option for posts that maybe aren't so positive.

The hope is the button will convey a sense of online empathy

The hope is that the 'dislike' button will be used to convey a sense of online empathy - expressing mild disapproval to something or solidarity when someone posts about a negative event such as a bereavement.

Zuckerberg stated that he didn't want the new option to be used a mechanism to 'down vote' posts. He believes that it will be used for times when clicking 'like' on a 'sad' post felt insensitive.

As of yet, no date has been officially confirmed for the release of the long-awaited 'dislike' button.

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