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Mark Zuckerberg explains why Facebook won't give you a 'dislike' button

If you were hoping that Facebook will someday give you a “dislike” button, you might be disappointed. At the second Q&A with Mark, the social juggernaut’s CEO said he has no interest in giv

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If you were hoping that Facebook will someday give you a “dislike” button, you might be disappointed. At the second Q&A with Mark, the social juggernaut’s CEO said he has no interest in giving people the means to be mean. The Facebook CEO also talked about a range of other things including privacy policies, fake aliases and parent’s concerns over their kids using the social network, among others. “Some people have asked for a dislike button before. They want to be able to say that a thing isn’t good and that’s not something that we think is good for the world,” Zuckerberg said in the session at company’s Menlo Park headquarters. “So we’re not going to build that. I don’t think there needs to be a voting mechanism on Facebook whether posts are good or bad. I don’t think that’s socially very valuable or good for the community.” Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to send

While there won’t be a dislike button in the near future, Facebook is working on new kinds of buttons that appropriately express your sentiments at events like the death of a loved one, for example.  “We’ve been thinking about it for quite a while,” he said. “What’s the right way to make it so people can easily express a broader range of emotions, to empathize. Or to express surprise or laughter or any of these things. You can always just comment. But there’s something that’s so simple about the like button. 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 it so it ends up being a force for good and not a force for bad and demeaning the posts that people are putting out there.” Not surprisingly, the topic of privacy again came up. The company recently simplified its privacy policies, but it has instead led to questions regarding why the company revises its policy so often. Zuckerberg though had a logical explanation. Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost

“We update the privacy policy about once a year to reflect the product and policy changes from the last year. It used to be that Facebook was one website,” he said. “Now Facebook as a company offers a bunch of different services. Facebook and News Feed, Messenger, Instagram. But as technology evolves, Facebook might want to build things on location for example, so that’s something we’ll put into our privacy policy. We don’t want to change it too often. It’s a lot to read through and digest.” Other questions revolved around the fact that some consider Facebook to be a waste of time. For them, Zuckerberg said, “We grow up and go to school and then are told to socialize after your homework. That’s so pervasive in society, that people think I have to get all my work done before I focus on my friends or family, and I think that’s wrong. My friends and family, that’s what matters. I don’t think connecting with them is a waste of time at all.” Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone

When asked why Facebook doesn’t allow people to change their names so easily, and reject fake aliases, Zuckerberg said that by badging real names to people, everyone becomes more accountable for what they do. And also, real names help others find you more quickly. Zuckerberg answered several more questions, including why coding is important and social network’s role in civic engagement and discussion.

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  • Published Date: December 12, 2014 11:24 AM IST



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