Haters Gonna Hate: Facebook Is Getting a Dislike Button

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Facebook is about to get a whole lot more interesting. According to Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, the much-talked about "dislike" button is coming to Facebook for real, and I can already see the chaos that this social media site will descend into when it officially launches.

The "dislike" button has been a fantasy of Facebook users for years - and some people want it badly. It makes some sense to want the option to dislike something: if someone posts a status about how their beloved pet just died, the last thing you want to do is "like" it, even if your intention is to show that you acknowledge their pain. With the dislike button, you can express emotions that aren't so positive... but is that always a good thing? I'm not so sure.


So far Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg hasn't clarified where the dislike button will be functional, but if it's like the traditional like button, I imagine it will be placed under statuses, photos, and comments. That would mean that you could post a cute new profile photo only for it to be vulnerable to both likes and dislikes. Kind of scary, right? I imagine most people will lose their chill about the dislike button the minute their selfie or silly status gets a thumbs down.

Maybe I'm a pessimist, but I'm a little worried that the dislike button will make online bullying even easier for the jerks who like to exchange in online warfare. If that's the case, Facebook might be better off sticking to its original like button: it might not be very expressive, but hey, at least it won't cause Facebook feuds. So far there's nothing we can do to stop this dislike button from happening, but fingers crossed that the good people of Facebook use it for good and not evil.
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