What Do You Think of Facebook’s Planned ‘Dislike’ Button?

Facebook caused a lot of excitement by announcing that they are planning on adding a “Dislike” button to their format. Presently you can only “Like” or Comment on a post, picture, or video, but now you will be able to “Dislike” content as well. What do you think of having a Dislike button added to Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement this week that his social network is working on this change. He acknowledged that people have been asking for it for many years. That being said, he also announced that he was trying to avoid having Facebook turn into a Reddit-stye system.

There are arguments both for and against this addition. Those against it not only have the fears of it turning into Reddit, they also worry it will bring out nefarious people who just want to add a bunch of dislikes to people’s content on Facebook. Others point out that if someone posts about a tragedy, the “Like” button doesn’t seem appropriate, yet they would still like to be able to acknowledge the post. A “Dislike” button will allow them to do that.

Will this help or hurt Facebook? Will having the “Dislike” button help people express themselves better when acknowledging a post? Or will such a change bring unwanted hurt to people whose well-meaning posts will earn Dislikes by people trying to do them harm?

What do you think of Facebook’s planned “Dislike” button?

3 comments

  1. Adding a “dislike” button will only be meaningful if FB resets all the “like” counts to 0 at the same time. Also, FB should create a way to revoke one’s previous “like” or “dislike” vote (they’ve got all that information, anyway).

  2. This button, if released, would be a welcome addition to Facebook options, since most of what is there is petty, childish, amateurish and worthless. Too bad enough dislikes for Facebook.com itself wouldn’t close the site. ©2015

  3. I want a dislike button. It will give a more balanced view of people’s opinions. It’s not going to “harm” anyone. If you can’t accept others point of view, don’t post. Otherwise we will live in fairyland where everything is lovely and people only like things. If I made a comment or post that was heavily unliked, it might make me analyse my beliefs/views and think a bit harder about my comments.

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