In a continuation of its’ long-standing policy, Facebook has confirmed that there are no plans in the immediate future to include a ‘dislike’ button in posts and comments on the site.
Responding to questions during an open audience session at their corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that the ‘dislike’ button isn’t a good idea and that there were no such plans to include it, despite clear interest from users who have been clamoring for this option for quite some time now.
“Some people have asked for a dislike button before [..] they want to be able to say that a thing isn’t good and that’s not something that we think is good for the world. So we’re not going to build that. I don’t think there needs to be a voting mechanism on Facebook whether posts are good or bad. I don’t think that’s socially very valuable or good for the community,” said Zuckerberg.
However, Zuckerberg did point out that Facebook is looking at alternative ways of expressing emotions, apart from the existing ‘Like’ button. As not every event can be viewed in a positive manner, such as the death of a loved one, the ‘Like’ button is inappropriate in such cases.
The public session also had a number of tough questions aimed at the Facebook CEO. When asked whether he thought that growing social media interest could be an addiction of sorts, he stated that people cannot have preset times to socialize and that connections, especially with close friends and family, are of pivotal importance and should not be viewed as a ‘waste of time’.