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Facebook's new 'Dislike' button may not be what you think it is

Facebook's new 'Dislike' button may not be what you think it is
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Facebook's Like button has gone from a quirky site feature to a major cultural phenomenon. If you say you "liked" something on Facebook, everyone knows that you mean. Part of the reason it's so popular is that it sends a positive message.

Of course, it isn't always appropriate. When someone posts a story of personal tragedy, or a negative news story, you don't really want to "like" that. That's why for many years Facebook users have been asking for a "Dislike" button. It's even become something of a joke; but soon it might be a reality.

At a recent Q&A, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is working on a "Dislike" button, and it will be in testing soon. However, he did go on to say that it won't actually be labeled "Dislike."

He has a point. A "Dislike" button would give too much power to negative people, and turn each post into an emotional gamble. After all, who wants to post about a terrific day at work and have a bunch of people dislike it because they had a bad day? So, what is Facebook going to do instead?

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