SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Social media users, rejoice. Facebook is working on a “dislike” button.
“I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day where I actually get to say that we’re working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it,” the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said in a town hall Q&A on Tuesday.
Zuckerberg said the company initially didn’t want the site turned into a forum where users are voting up or down on people’s moments. But over time, they realized that Facebook’s more than 1.4 billion users just wanted to express empathy.
“Not every moment is a good moment. If you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it may not feel comfortable to like that post,” he said.
Facebook first launched the “like” button in 2009.
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