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Sorry, Haters: Facebook Won't Add a 'Dislike' Button

Dec 12, 2014

Bad news, Internet trolls: Mark Zuckerberg said during a Q&A event on Thursday that Facebook considered adding a "dislike" button, but decided it would be too negative. Instead, the company is looking for a different button that would express a sentiment similar to "dislike," but not encourage users to effectively vote against posts that they don't enjoy.

"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," Zuckerberg said in Menlo Park, California .

Such a button might make sense when a friend announces a death or shares a headline about social injustice, but wouldn't inspire you to bully your friends for posting too many status updates or baby photos. Best possible outcome? No more people simply writing "Dislike" in the comments.

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Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.Lynsey Addario for TIME/Getty Images Reportage
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.Indian and American employees work out of the Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India, December 1, 2010. The offices were recently opened in September 2010, and are presently hiring new employees. (Photograph by Lynsey Addario/Getty Images Reportage)
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
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Facebook offices in Dublin, Ireland in 2010.
Facebook offices in Dublin, Ireland in 2010.
Facebook offices in Dublin, Ireland in 2010.
Facebook offices in Dublin, Ireland in 2010.
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Facebook offices in Paris, France in 2010.
Facebook offices in Paris, France in 2010.
Facebook offices in Paris, France in 2010.
Facebook offices in Paris, France in 2010.
Facebook offices in Paris, France in 2010.
Facebook offices in Paris, France in 2010.
Facebook offices in Hyderabad, India in 2010.
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