Facebook Dislike Button Finally Coming? Not So Fast


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A Facebook “dislike” button has long been on the wishlists of Facebookistan residents, as many want a “click without comment” way to express their distaste for a status update, or for users to simply express sympathy.

To the latter Facebook dislike situation, we learned that the social network may at some point add a “sympathize” button to allow users to sort of express not “liking” an update without being overtly negative. (Sometimes if feels weird to “like” a sad status update, but users are lost for words to comment.)

Months earlier, a Facebook Reddit AMA revealed that among most-requested Facebook features, the “dislike” button was least likely to see the light of day — in part because the site is so averse to sowing discord directly among its user base.

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Back then, it seemed a Facebook dislike button was basically a definitive no, with programmers explaining:

“Actions on Facebook tend to focus on positive social interactions. Like is the lightest-weight way to express positive sentiment. I don’t think adding a light-weight way to express negative sentiment would be that valuable. I know there are times when it’d make sense, like when a friend is having a rough day, or got into a car accident like my sister yesterday (she’s okay!). For these times, a nice comment from a friend goes a long way.”

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Today, The Verge posted a tantalizing headline that seemed to indicate otherwise — was Facebook finally coming around to the idea? The site teased: “Facebook finally launches ‘dislike,’ but only for Messenger.”

However, even that was a bit disingenuous — the post later admits:

“While Facebook isn’t introducing a full dislike button, the Messenger part of the service is getting a giant thumbs-down sticker as part of a free pack released this week.”

So, as of now and probably forever, the Facebook dislike button remains as elusive as the “block drunk updates” one. Sorry, Facebookers.


Kim LaCapria

Kim LaCapria is a social media enthusiast, long-time Inquisitr.com writer and beauty and lifestyle industry expert. She covers a wide range of social media topics, with a particular interest in style-related apps and services. When not working, Kim can be found on Facebook and Pinterest, skating, and sneaking off to Spa Castle.

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