It isn’t a new suggestion. For years, Facebook users have wanted a way to non-verbally disapprove of content presented and posted on the social networking site. As it stands, users can only actually co-sign something by liking it.
Zuckerberg has said that he knows that there is a demand for the “dislike button” and that Facebook would implement it if “ends up being a force for good.”
That’s an interesting way to put it. Surely Zuckerberg is aware of news sites, other social networks, and streaming video sites that allow for users to vote negatively on something. The thing about the negative vote is that there’s a higher chance for it being used negatively or not being a “force for good” than say the “like button” being abused.
Rarely is there a case where voting in the negative counts as a “force for good” anyway. It depends on the topic. Is this a social question or stance? Is it a political stance or opinion? Questions of that nature. Other than those two it falls into either trolls abusing the “dislike” option or just general disliking of a posted video.
However just having “like” is limiting. If you don’t like it, it’s understood you don’t hit “like” and that you maybe comment on the post. I’d prefer that people go through the effort of actually telling why they co-signed or liked a comment/post or why they can’t co-sign or don’t like a comment/post.
There’s little reason why there shouldn’t be a “dislike” option, but the alternative that Zuckerberg said Facebook has explored is better and wider reaching. “We’ve talked about for a while how can people express a widerrange of emotions like suprise.”
I’ve always felt a Buzzfeed like panel of opinions on a post would work, but who knows what Facebook will do? They’re constantly rolling out new features and working on layout. Emotions for comments and posts could be right around the corner.