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Facebook gives thumbs down to 'dislike' button

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By Sarah Taylor
Facebook gives thumbs down to 'dislike' button

<p>Social media giant Facebook has decided not to add a ‘dislike’ button, despite it being one of the most requested features on the site.</p> <p>During a Q&A session in California on Thursday (December 11) founder Mark Zuckerberg said they had considered the change, but later came to the conclusion it would be too negative.<br /> They may, however, add a function expressing a similar sentiment, but under a different name.</p> <p>“We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad,” said Zuckerberg.</p> <p>According to Facebook, the aim would be to give users a way of effectively expressing their feelings, but without encouraging them to vote against posts with which they disagree. For example, the button may be relevant when a friend announces a death, or another sensitive issue is raised.</p> <p>The site has been discussing the introduction of such a button since 2010. So far, a ‘dislike’ sticker has been made available on Facebook Messenger, however it is unclear when a button will be launched sitewide.</p> <p>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/birgerking/5600215736"rel="external">birgerking</a>, on flickr</p>