Mark Zuckerberg hinted that the Facebook dislike button is still being considered.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken in his second public Q&A about his wish to provide users with the capability of expressing a larger range of emotions, which may mean the Facebook dislike button is still being considered.
Speaking at the headquarters of Facebook in California, Mark Zuckerberg confessed that the present methods of interactions between users on the social network may sometimes be insufficient.
“A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives. What’s the right way to make it so people can easily express a broader range of emotions? To empathize?”
Mark Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg claimed that a dislike button is the most requested feature by users of the social network, and the CEO did not discount the idea completely, calling the matter an “important area of discussion”.
However, Zuckerberg also said that a button created to share a negative sentiment might end up being used to demean posts made by people. He added that the company needs to figure out a way to design the button so that it ends up being used for good reasons rather than ending up being used in the wrong ways.
For the CEO, the button could potentially come between the business interests of Facebook. The advertisers on the social network are most likely not very keen on the idea that people may be able of giving their brands or products a thumbs down. This may be the reason why the button hasn’t made its appearance on Facebook yet.
Zuckerberg was quizzed about numerous other issues that surround the social network during the event that lasted one hour. Among the issues discussed was the idea that Facebook has come to be identified with lack of productivity, laziness and time waste.
However, Zuckerberg instantly dismissed this by saying that for him, the most important things in life are his family, friends and the relationships he has. After that he said that Facebook comes to the aid of its users helping them remain connected and keep more contact with individuals than they would without the social network.