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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is working on a "dislike" button

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Facebook is finally working on an alternative to its "Like" button to allow users to express their feelings on more serious posts on the social media site.

According to US website Business Insider at a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif, yesterday chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said: “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years,”

“Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.”

The company had hesitated to launch a dislike button, but it has realized that people want to "express empathy" on posts about unpleasant news.

“What [users] really want is the ability to express empathy,” he said. “Not every moment is a good moment.”

Zuckerberg did not give an exact launch date for the new option, but he said it would be available soon.

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