Zuckerberg cold on "dislike" button

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  1. Jeffrey

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    For all those times on Facebook when a “like” just doesn’t cut it, the company is thinking about adding more options, though probably not “dislike.”

    “A lot of times, people share things that are sad, or tough cultural or social things,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday. Giving users a tool to express a broader range of emotions like empathy or surprise might be a useful feature for people who don’t want to post a comment with their own words, he said.

    But a standalone “dislike” button may not come, the Facebook chief said, partly due to the toxicity it may breed.

    A dislike button may also inspire people to post less, which can’t be good for Facebook’s ads, though of course Zuckerberg didn’t say that.

    Perhaps Zuckerberg lurks here at DF as we removed the "Dislike" Icon months ago.

    Dislike, in or out.. What are your thoughts?
     
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    I'm more of a positive type of person so applying anything negative would feel...I don't know the word I'm looking for. Tasteless maybe? Of course I also work in tech support where we are taught to never apply any negative tone or words onto a customer. I like the +1 idea or even the disagree buttons on here. Also, why are you even posting or watching something if you dislike it anyways? This is what I don't understand with YouTube videos. People will insistently tell Katy Perry or Bieber how much they suck out loud yet...you watched the video. I don't know. I wouldn't mind it but what would really be the point?
     
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    Something's need to be disliked.
    His official reasoning is right up there with the "every kid winning a trophy even though they played like crap" line of thought. What a sissy society we are becoming.

    **Gets off his soapbox!***
    ***Wishes we had a soapbox emoticon.***
     
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    What always makes me wonder is when someone posts something that makes them sad then people "like" it. I know that the like button is pretty much just there so others can acknowledge it, but the meaning of like just gets lost.

    I do like the idea of disagree and/or sympathy/empathy for such cases mentioned above.
     
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  5. Jeffrey

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    We have a disagree icon. It's a bit softer and gets the message across.
     
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    I've had several occasions where I wished I had a dislike button on Facebook, but I'd be cool with more options (like we have here), because sympathy or something like that would've fit most of those times better than dislike anyway.
     
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    I want a "Meh" button.
     
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    I don't think it should be a dislike button. People like and dislike different things. The whole like/dislike concept is too subjective. I totally see it being abused.
     
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    I can't tell you how many times I wished I had a dislike button. Sometimes because I just want to be angry, but sometimes its just weird to like a post like "I missed my flight today" or something.

    I also, however, see that especially considering the amount of cyber bullying thats already present, it could be abused. It would be depressing to write a post and come back and find that 100 people disliked my post..
     
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    I don't care button. Lmao
     
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    I agree with this.

    For example, no one on my boss' kid's soccer team can have a number on their jersey because they all want number 1.

    Put a dislike button out there. Put a sad button out there. I feel if they are going to not use a dislike button, they are choosing how I should voice my dislike other than the saying dislike.

    I am open minded though. Let's see the options. I know everyone isn't the same and responds differently to different situations. But if you stop posting because of dislikes or you fall in to depression because of so many dislikes, you really need to evaluate whether you should be posting at all.

    I know that sounds harsh, but I don't encourage everyone I know to climb towers. Certain people can do it, others cannot. If you can't, I don't think any less of you. It just isn't for you.

    Hopefully I got my point across without seeming callous.
     
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    There is a like button. Not pressing the like button is the same as pressing a dislike button.