Facebook Reddit AMA Reveals Dislike Button Is Never Coming

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A Facebook Reddit AMA today addressed some of the social network’s most sought-after bits of info, and Redditors grilled a Facebook employee over all the stuff that may not make immediate sense to Facebook users but isn’t clearly explainable.

The Facebook Reddit AMA was hosted by Bob Baldwin, a product developer at the site and organizer of “hackathons.” Baldwin stuck around to answer lots of Facebook related questions from Redditors, touching on lots of Facebook development topics.

One of the things Baldwin observed in the Facebook Reddit AMA was the trend toward primarily mobile usage — he explains that the inevitable focus of Facebook products is trending mobile:

I’m very supportive, in particular with the focus on mobile. It’s undeniable the trends are moving away from web towards primarily mobile usage. In keeping with this direction, I’ve started to build for iOS, in addition to web/platform.

The Facebook Reddit AMA also mentioned a secret room, which Baldwin acknowledges was pretty cool:

Yeah, I used that room a few times, it was so dope. When Zuck moved to the top floor of the building, it was pretty up for grabs. Basically, there was an all glass room that had a wall with a secret door you could open to get to the secret room. Very cool, albeit a bit dark inside.

Finally, the Facebook Reddit AMA explained why there is not and likely never will be a “Dislike button,” as Baldwin says:

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.

You can read the full Facebook Reddit AMA here.



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  1. I guess that makes sense. I suppose writing a comment when you "dislike" something is a more meaningful way to express encouragement. And if you don't like someone's opinion, it's probably best to ignore their post;).