This is How Facebook’s Dislike Button (Empathy Emoji) Will Look Like


facebook-dislike-button-mark-zuckerbergShort Bytes: Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company is working to bring an option to dislike the posts. The latest revelations indicate that it won’t be exactly a dislike button, as that would be very negative. Instead, it would be a collection of the Emojis of some basic human reactions.

If you read comments on some polarizing posts on Facebook, you would soon realise how badly this world needs a dislike button – the ultimate cure and the holy grail of Facebook trolling. Earlier this week, people were ecstatic when Mark Zuckerberg told the world that his company is working on a dislike button.

However, the latest revelations indicate that it won’t exactly a dislike button, as that would be very negative. Instead, the Facebook patents show that it would be bringing an Emoji reaction button.

Answering the questions at his live Q&A session at Facebook Headquarters, Mark Zuckerberg said that company is building a new feature. “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it,” he added.

A recently revealed document from December 23, 2014 – reveals how the empathy Emoji tool might look like. Instead of the usual thumbs down symbol for disliking, users will be able to choose one from a pool of 4-5 Emojis to show their reaction.


According to the patent illustration, Facebook could limit the Emoji option to avoid any kind of clutter and provide the very basic Emojis.


A similar feature is already present in Slack where you can choose the “Add A Reaction” and pick one from a huge list of standard Emoji. But, it doesn’t tell you the reaction of the people as a whole because it’s very open-ended and shows lots of random reactions.

In his Q&A session, Zuckerberg said that Facebook will be soon testing this feature. Get ready to “unlike” some posts in near future.

What do you think of this upcoming Facebook feature? Tell us in the comments below.

Also read: Zuckerberg Invites Indian PM Narendra Modi to Q&A Session at Facebook Headquarters

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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