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Should There Be a Dislike Button on Facebook?

After its introduction a few years ago, Facebook's "Like" button has taken on a new life. It's been extended to the entire Internet, and now even extended to individual comments — meaning you can "Like" a single comment that one person posts about a link, photo, or other wall post. And yet, there's no "Dislike" option.

On one hand, adding a button made solely for disapproval could make things very ugly. On the other, if you can "Like" something, you should be able to "Dislike" something, too. "Disliking" could also come in handy when someone posts bad news — you don't want to "Like" your friend's update about her cat dying.

I've noticed growing support for a "Dislike" option — do you agree?

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Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
No, I don't think it's necessary. I really do think some people's feelings could get hurt BUT if there's an option to have the button or not that would be great.
Akasha Akasha 5 years
As the person who was voted most likely to have a sarcastic comeback I actually need the dislike button to dislike all of my friends happy moments. That and it's kind of mean to like it when someone changes their status back to single. Unless of course they're hot, and then welcome back to the sea.
Al-Pavangkanan Al-Pavangkanan 5 years
I usually say "Where's the dislike button"
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 5 years
I think it's necessary. If a friend posts. "my car broke down on the highway i'm doomed." I don't want to "like" something like that. Dislike would be more appropriate. However I could see a lot of people disliking things that they could easily just ignore if it bothers them.
weffie weffie 5 years
It's kind of the same idea as when you hide things from your feed, it remembers that I dislike reading about imaginary farms, aquariums, zombies, pirates, etc. I'd love to be able to block out mentions of babies pooping the same way! As long as there was no accompanying wall post of "Stephanie dislikes babies pooping." :P
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Based on the amount of times my friends and I have typed "Dislike!" in response to each others' status updates, I'd say it's warranted.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
I wish I could dislike all my former colleagues postings about her kid pooing and pee peeing in the potty. it's disgusting. one guy made a comment about how it was too much information, and the next time she did it, she wrote "Sorry @John Smith" right in the post, so it went to his wall, and he had something about poop on his wall for all to see. So rude. Anyway that's a rant, but still I think a dislike would someitmes come in handy!
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