Facebook working on ‘dislike’ button

In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

UNDATED (CNBC/WOOD) – Facebook is working on adding a “dislike” button, CNBC is reporting.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced during a Tuesday question-and-answer session that the button had been in the works for some time.

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it,” he said, according to CNBC.

The delay in creating the button, Zuckerberg explained, was because Facebook didn’t want to create “a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts.”

“That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create: You don’t want to go through the process of sharing some moment that was important to you in your day and have someone ‘downvote’ it,” he said.

The goal of Facebook’s button will instead be to allow users to “express empathy.”

“If you are sharing something that is sad then it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post,” Zuckerberg said.

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