AFTER years of receiving requests for a ‘dislike’ button on Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday September 15 at its HQ in California that the company was developing a dislike button following the introduction of the like button in 2009.
‘People have asked about the dislike button for many years,’ Zuckerberg told the audience.
‘Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.’
However, he went on to say he did not want it to be a mechanism with which people could ‘down vote’ others’ posts but it should be considered a way for people to show empathy, particularly if a post is exceptionally sad.
Only in existence since 2004 and with 1.49 billion active monthly users and 968 million daily users, Facebook has become a worldwide institution with its stock currently valued at $245 billion (€217 billion).
The next public presentation for the CEO of Facebook will be later this month, with guest, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when the two will discuss how communities can work together to address social and economic challenges.