Facebook developing “dislike” button

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Facebook is working on a “dislike” button, founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday.

Facebook users have requested a “dislike” button as an alternative to the automated thumbs-up “like” button for years, Zuckerberg said at a public question and answer session at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

“We’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community,” Zuckerberg said, according to media reports.

Citing news events like the ongoing refugee crisis and personal posts about deaths of loved ones, Zuckerberg said “what [people] really want is to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment,” he said.

With 1.49 billion monthly users worldwide, Facebook is the largest internet social network. As of 2014, users had clicked the “like” button 3.4 trillion times.

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