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Sorry, Haters: Facebook Won’t Add a ‘Dislike’ Button

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But it may add something similar under a different name

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.

[Irish Times]

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