Posted: 22 October, 2014 by Web Guy Josh

Why You Won’t Be Getting A ‘Dislike’ Button On Facebook

Tags: Scoopla, Tech, Facebook, Like, Dislike

Facebook’s former chief technology officer has revealed why you’re unlikely to ever see a ‘dislike’ button on the social networking site.

Bret Taylor, who created the ‘like’ button, told TechRadar allowing users to ‘dislike’ something with a single click could get very negative and complex.

“In the context of the social network, the negativity of that button has a lot of unfortunate consequences,” he explained.

Taylor also gave some very interesting insight into how the ‘like’ button was born.

“The reason we launched the button in the first place was that there were a lot of times that people wanted to acknowledge something someone did, but didn't have anything to say,” he said.

“And a lot of comments were one word like 'cool' or 'wow', so the ‘like’ button let people do that with a single click. It wasn't really just a sentiment of 'like’.”

Facebook’s former chief technology officer went on to say that introducing a ‘dislike’ button could actually encourage cyber bullying.

“You would end up with these really negative social aspects to it. If you want to dislike something, you should probably write a comment, because there's probably a word for what you want to say,” Taylor explained.

“I’m not saying the like button isn't flawed - would it be even more complex with a negative sentiment like 'dislike'?” he added.

So do you agree with this argument or would you like to see a ‘dislike’ button introduced? Let us know on our Facebook page.


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