Is a Facebook “dislike” button on the way? During a Facebook presentation today, Facebook users chatted live about various topics. What continued to pop up was a question surrounding a potential dislike button.
Currently Facebook allows for a “like” button users can check when reading a comment from another person or organization. But the current setup does not allow a “dislike” or “hate” button.
Why is there a Facebook “like button” but not a “dislike?” It’s an interesting question that has been posed by many Facebook users over the past several years. We have probably all seen comments we don’t really like and want to comment rather quickly or express our discontent. With normal comments, users can click the like button quickly and move on to the next comment. But users aren’t allowed to hit “dislike”–instead they have to actually comment and spell out the word “dislike”. Some people just type “hate” or “don’t like”. The users are already commenting on whether they like or dislike a status in words-so why wouldn’t a button be added to simplify the process?
It sounds extremely simple but users asked multiple times during the Facebook presentation today about the possibility of adding a “dislike”. It certainly seems as if that would be an easy thing to do. Perhaps the overall negativity of a potential “dislike” is the reason why we haven’t seen that addition just yet. That certainly makes one wonder if a Facebook “hate” button would ever stand a chance? It doesn’t seem that likely if Facebook is still closed on the idea of the “dislike” because of the potential negativity.
The Facebook presentation concerned the utilization of groups today. As the question and answers continued to roll in from a live audience, members of Facebook seemed to be consistently complaining about the lack of a “dislike” button. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if users were wanting to use the potential new “dislike” button for the actual Facebook presentation itself.
Could Facebook finally decide to add the button? It seems like the public demand for such a button is growing as many people continue to join Facebook. The reality is that it’s in the hands of the organization. Only time will tell if something many users want becomes a reality. Until then, users will probably still continue to measure discontent in words and not buttons.
The Facebook Live Presentation can be viewed here.