"Facebook, the world’s largest forum for self-expression, could soon become a less friendly place."

Facebook to get a 'Dislike' button

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Fri, Sep 18th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the New York Times, there are plans to roll-out a dislike button. Facebook's head-nerd, Zuckerberg, was quick to point out that "the new button would probably be more nuanced than a simple thumbs-down option," and meant to "like" sad news shared by users.

As for Facebook’s business — selling ads — a dislike button could cut both ways. It could increase the level of engagement that people have with posts, and therefore the number of ads they eventually see. But a dislike button could also be disconcerting to marketers, who prefer their messages to be surrounded by happy emotions.

“Over all, it’s probably a good thing to enable people to express feelings and emotions that they can’t express through a like button,” Ms. Williamson said. “But Facebook needs to be careful as to how they enable that capability with regard to advertising and all the potentially inflammatory discussions that could occur online.”

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