Facebook Could Offer Reactions Beyond 'Like': Zuckerberg
But 'dislike' button wouldn't be 'good for the world'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2014 2:10 PM CST
In this Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – When a friend posts a sad piece of news on Facebook, you may want to show your emotional support—but clicking "Like" clearly isn't the right way to do so. "Often people tell us that they don't feel comfortable pressing 'like' because 'like' isn't the appropriate sentiment," Mark Zuckerberg told listeners during a Q&A at Facebook headquarters. The company, he said, is mulling the issue, the BBC reports. "Some people have asked for a 'dislike' button because they want to say, 'That thing isn't good.'"

But no such button is planned, because "that's not something that we think is good for the world," he notes. What's more, an ad expert tells the BBC, advertisers probably wouldn't want such an easy way for users to slam their companies. Still, Facebook has been thinking about "the right way to make it so that people can easily express a broader range of emotions," Zuckerberg said. The company doesn't "have anything that’s coming soon," he said, per Forbes, "but it is an area of discussion.”