For the second time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from users and audience members about whatever was on their mind. The second Q&A with Mark event, held at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, Calif., was held Thursday. Zuckerberg answered questions from the audience in attendance, as well as questions from people who commented on the page.
One of the most popular questions was about the dislike button, something that many users have talked about for years.
So, why doesn’t Facebook have a dislike button to go with its like button? Zuck answered:
We’re thinking about it, on the dislike button. The like button is very valuable because it’s a way for you to quickly express a positive sentiment or emotion when someone puts themselves out there or shares something. There are more sentiments that people want to express than that they like something. A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives, or are tough cultural or social things. Often, people will tell us that they don’t feel comfortable pressing “like” because “like” isn’t the appropriate sentiment when someone lost a loved one or is talking about a very difficult issue. I think giving people the power to do that in more ways with more emotions would be powerful, but we need to figure out the right way to do that so it’s a force for good and not a force for bad and demeaning the post they’re putting out there.
Here’s the full video from Thursday’s Q&A session: