Facebook, pressed for years by users to add a `dislike’ button, has announced it is working on the feature.
“We’ve finally heard you,” CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg told a public town hall meeting in Facebook’s hometown of Menlo Park, California on Tuesday.
A question submitted online by a user asked the oft-repeated question of why there were no buttons along the lines of `I’m sorry’, `interesting’ or `dislike’ in addition to the classic thumbs-up `like’ button.
“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years (and) today is a special day, because today is the day where I actually get to say we are working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it,” Zuckerberg said.
“It took us a while to get here… because we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts. That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create.”
Zuckerberg said he understood that it was awkward to click `like’ on a post about events such as a death in the family or the current refugee crisis.
He acknowledged there should be a better way for users to “express that they understand and that they relate to you”.
“We’ve been working on this for a while, actually. It’s surprisingly complicated to make,” Zuckerberg added.