Facebook to Introduce Dislike Button

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced the social network giant will introduce a 'dislike' button.

The move was announced at a public Q&A session at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Zuckerberg said: "People have asked about the dislike button for many years.

"We've finally heard you and we're working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community.

"We're working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it. We didn't want to just build a dislike button because we don't want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people's posts. That doesn't seem like the kind of community we want to create.

"Not every moment is a good moment and if you're sharing something sad... then it may not feel comfortable to like that post, but your friends and people want to express that they understand and that they relate to you, so I think it's important to give people more options than 'like' as a quick way to emote and share what they're feeling on a post.

"We have an idea that we think we'll be ready to test soon and depending on how that does we'll be ready to roll it out more broadly."

According to figures from Facebook, 4.5bn 'likes' are generated every day, becoming one of the social networking giant's signature features.

The social network announced it hit 1bn users last month, a milestone for the company.

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