Why facebook will never have a dislike button

Facebook survives because of its efforts to improve the quality of relationships and interactivity among users. This is bound by a very fragile thread and can be easily damaged with stupid features like a “dislike button”. Here is what I think.

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Facebook has been successful mainly because of its ability to connect people and suggest users to make relations possible, even with strangers.

What makes a social network really “the best” is the way it handles and promotes conversations, and hence establishing relationship among users.

What makes a dislike button really inappropriate? Well, let’s face it. Facebook doesn’t trust its users. The chances of a dislike button being misused are very high. Internet trolls, haters, accidental dislikes, pay-to-dislike-a-post, etceteras are only a handful of examples how the button can be abused. This will discourage conversations among users.

If you like something on a social network, you can choose to like/ up-vote it. If you don’t agree with something, you can simply write in a comment expressing your disagreement. If more people agree with your disagreement, they’re likely to put a like on your comment. This get’s a conversation going and opinions are shared. Conversations make a social network SOCIAL.

Introducing one sloppy feature like a dislike button can quickly destroy the integrity of Facebook. It would be asocial.

  • See I disagree. Because when the Arizona shooting happened that’s one story someone posted that I would have disliked. I think if Facebook gave the user posting a link the option to add “dislike” it would control how it was used, and mostly likely would only end up on things people would dislike anyway.

  • Chirag64

    Completely agree with you on this….
    Facebook is making sure there is no form of hatred on its site, relationships should not be destroyed, but built. Which is a great move from their point of view.

  • Agree, if anyone wants to give there feedback they can give via comment also by we need a dislike button for that.. I never want a dislike button. And if I want then just for fun (fun of 2-3 mins) not to make anyone feel bad…

  • Anonymous of DOOM! And rainbow

    I find this amusing as there is now a “dislike” button on Facebook.