Dislike the “dislike” button
Everybody knows the Facebook and (almost) everybody in the western world has a Facebook account. Everybody uses Facebook in a different way, to keep in touch with friends, to share photo’s, to peak at the lives of others and so on, but the main idea is simple “strengthen how people relate to each other” (Mark Zukerberg, 2015).
For the people who know and use Facebook probably the most known Facebook icon is the “like” button. Facebook made a statement this week that there working on a “dislike” button on the social media site. According to Mark Zukerberg the
“dislike” button is made because there was so many requests for it. According to Andrea Forte, Professor and expert in social and participatory media, “it will mainly be used to express mild disapproval, or to express solidarity when someone posts about a negative event like a death or a loss” (BBC, 2015). This is also what Mark Zukerberg think, but a lot of people, like Jennifer Guinyard, a social worker, think that the “dislike” button is going to be used in a negative way and that Facebook is promoting conflicts i.e. to Bully people.
According to Marcel Becker, professor ethics at the Radboud university thinks that the permissiveness disappears. People need to explain why they post something online. This is not the type of medium Facebook is and wants to be, he thinks.
Myself I agree with the statement of Ms Guinyard. I think that the advantages of the “dislike” button don’t are bigger than the advantages of the button. Bullying online is becoming a serious issue nowadays, with the controlling of online content becoming harder and harder for parents the amount of bullying online keeps increasing (Childline, 2015).
What do you think, does the “dislike” button is going to be used for its intended purpose, to pay respect to others or comment on some negative post which you dislike, or is it going to be used for bullying and other online conflicts?