Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that a dislike button is being worked on and Facebook will be testing it soon.
In his latest town hall Q&A session that was held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., the company’s chief executive said that his team has been hearing things and shared that it’s not a matter of downvoting people’s opinions and posts, but rather expressing empathy to moments.
“Not every moment is a good moment,” he said. “If you share something that’s sad like a refugee crisis that touches you or a family member passes away, it may not be comfortable to like that post…I do think it’s important to give people more options than liking it.”
Zuckerberg said that it’s a surprisingly complicated process, but that Facebook has an idea and they’ll be testing it out soon. If it works out well, they’ll roll it out more broadly. In a previous town hall session, Zuckerberg disclosed that Facebook was thinking about a dislike button. This time it appears that the concept has moved forward and is now closer to being implemented.
Other questions being asked include whether or not Facebook would get involved in affordable housing. Zuckerberg says that in order to be a responsible member of the community, his company would have to be involved and said that it was “really important”, but didn’t provide any further details.
A few questions centered around Zuckerberg’s news that he’s going to be a father, which he recently announced in a post on the social network and is extremely gratified at the support of the community.
It’s worth noting that this is the first of two town halls that Zuckeberg will be holding. This Saturday, he’ll be joined by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi where the two are expected to discuss social and economic challenges facing the world’s third-largest economy and how Facebook can help with those issues.
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