No 'Dislike' option for Facebook, instead it adds six emoji alternatives to the 'Like' button

By midian182
Oct 8, 2015
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  1. When Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was working on a way to expand the Like button back in September, many believed this signalled the arrival of a Dislike button for the platform. The social media gaint’s CEO did say, however, that the new feature would be used more for situations where “expressing empathy” beyond the Like button was called for. Today, sources have claimed that Facebook will start rolling out Reactions, a set of six emoji which can be accessed via the Like button to express laughter, shock, love, sadness, happiness, and anger – which is possibly the closest we’ll get to a Dislike option.

    The feature will start to roll out tomorrow, but Facebook will initially only be testing it on users in Ireland and Spain - although it is expected to expand further. Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s director of product, said the thinking behind choosing these two countries is that as they both have largely national user bases without extensive international friend networks, therefore they work better as closed test groups. Testing Reactions in Spain also lets Facebook see how well the feature is received by non-English users.

    The new emojis will be available on the desktop and mobile versions of Facebook. Smartphone users can access them by tapping on the Like button, while anyone on a desktop can select the emojis by hovering the mouse pointer over the Like option or clicking on it.

    Facebook will also tally and show the Reactions for each post. So you’ll not only be able to see how many people liked something you posted, but also how many found it sad, loved it, laughed at it, and so on. Mosseri also pointed out that, although they did consider it, there will be no option for users to turn off Responses for their posts, according to TechCrunch.

    Using the Like button has always felt inappropriate for certain posts, particularly ones expressing bereavement. It seems as if Reactions may be the solution to this delicate problem. And while there will be those who bemoan the lack of an out-and-out Dislike button, many were worried its introduction would have brought an unwanted extra level of animosity to Facebook.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    Well it sure took them long enough to come up with this unique brainwave of a solution considering emoji's for posts have existed for decades now.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2015
    trgz, p51d007 and EClyde like this.
  3. Versutus

    Versutus TS Rookie Posts: 17   +7

    Good solution. I was against the dislike button, it would generate more hate. I love everyone, even the elitist PC Gamers. :)
    midian182 likes this.
  4. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 299   +152

    I Dislike it!
    trgz likes this.
  5. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 337   +43

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  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    And the suicide rates remain the same.
    Arris and trgz like this.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,372   +2,164

    Aaaaaaand.... called it.
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    What some people would like is a detest option.
    learninmypc and trgz like this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 906   +243

    I knew PC Suckerberg would decide that. Reality is harsh...
    learninmypc likes this.
  10. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 617   +143

    I have 29 FB friends. I don't dislike them or they would not be a friend. I am also not going to dislike them in any regard online. A dislike option for use in the couple 3 groups I belong to would be useful.
  11. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 858   +353

    Can't have a dislike button....all the precious snow flakes that have been brainwashed into believing that no matter how rotten you are, no matter how terrible you are at sports, school or ANYTHING, you deserve a ribbon, trophy, "like" tried. If they put up a dislike button, there would be a ton of cat fights online, spilling out into the streets, suicides, crisis hotline calls etc.
    trgz likes this.
  12. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 276   +67

    Unfortunately this is already the case, family of mine work for the Police and in their control centres. It's as high as 90% of calls have a Facebook related plot twist I'm told. telling people have you heard of deleting said 'friend' or not using Facebook is apparently against 'their human rights'. My wife is a primary school teacher and she even has to deal with it every day, mostly because of parents rather than pupils.
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  13. FakeAccount

    FakeAccount TS Rookie

    Works for me, I'll use the angry button like a dislike, no problem.
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    It's a good thing you can now hit them up with an angry face emoji expressing your dislike. They might like it.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    What's wrong with the middle finger button? Don't they have one like Whatsapp, Viber etc.?
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    What some people would like is a F.U. button option.
  17. FakeAccount

    FakeAccount TS Rookie

    No, it took them years of massive pressure and cases like when someone dies to implement this. The problem is that companies pay a lot of money to FB, if they allow people to downvote a company's page...
  18. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 735   +259

    From what I heard, I wasn't expecting a dislike button, but more of a "sad" button. Looks like they did more than that lol
  19. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    Another reason I avoid Farsebook all together. Removed my information years ago when they changed data sharing policies and not going back. Nor do the kids, etc. It's just not worth it. Put your business there sure. Advertising and free information spreading.
  20. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    I think this communicates well ( upload_2015-10-10_16-13-52.png )
    That's a transparent PNG, Right-click and Save As. Later you can Copy it PNG and paste it wherever necessary upload_2015-10-10_16-20-14.png
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2015
  21. Johathen Luke

    Johathen Luke TS Rookie

    I need dislike button
    FakeAccount likes this.

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