Dislike the “dislike” button

downloadEverybody 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

quote “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?








3 responses to “Dislike the “dislike” button”

  1. gabriellapimpao says :

    I think Mark Zuckeberg was perhaps a bit misunderstood 🙂 How I understood is that he specifically said that they don’t want to create a dislike button nor turn Facebook into a voting platform because that wouldn’t be aligned with the community that Facebook wants to build. So here is another perspective to the story http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/15/the-sorry-button/#.w3p0rw:VmEE until we wait for that mysterious new button 🙂

  2. simoneejj says :

    I definitely agree with you that if the ‘dislike’ button were to be implemented, it could have major negative consequences in terms of bullying.

    However, I would like to note that it is quite ironic that – as Gabriella states – it will never be implemented because Mark Zuckerberg does not believe it fits within the concept of the ‘community’ he is trying to build. However, does Facebook truly strengthen how people relate to each other? Many people claim that Facebook does not reflect reality. The pressure of only being able to share things that are expected to generate ‘likes’ forces users to only show one side of themselves. It begs the question as to whether Facebook really is a platform aimed to create true relations between people.

  3. therealcorti94 says :

    Really great article jjjvdmeulen. This matter has been overly discussed in the last 5 years, and quite recurrently.

    The topic that mostly stands out is the risk of increasing cyber-bullying through this new implementation from Facebook. More awareness should be given regarding this risk, which has lead to some tragedies already since the rise of social networks and video platforms such as Youtube. Despite it’s not particularly related to the topic of Facebook’s dislike button, I’ve recently watched a horror-movie called Unfriended. Despite it had almost nothing to do with social media, it stresses a message to the viewers about the possible consequences cyber-bullying could have on an individual from a day to another. A very self-conscious or insecure person could be dramatically torn apart not only by friends from school, but over the whole web. This movie got me to think indeed that the dislike button could lead to similar consequences if not managed correctly, or implemented for the correct use described by Mark Zuckerberg.

    Mark Zuckerberg himself was contrary to the “dislike” button last year, stating: “Some people have asked for a dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘that thing isn’t good,’ and we’re not going to do that … I don’t think that’s socially very valuable, or great for the community.”; whilst now he changed his personal opinion. Nonetheless, during the Q&A session that concerned the announcement of the dislike button, he also mentioned: “It seems that we have been become so fragile that any sign of negativity, even a simple thumbs down on a social media websites something that must be avoided at all costs. All we want is a constant stream of thumbs up. The slightest sign someone might disagree with us is enough to send us into an emotional tailspin”. Himself, he states in his own words that Facebook was built with the mind-set of sharing positivity across the world, and share happiness virally with “thumbs up” and not “thumbs down”. It comes to conclusion that himself does not seem to be very convinced with this new initiative, but rather he feels pressured by the general public, and the billions of Facebook users to do so.

    Nevertheless, the process is still on the testing phase as reported by Mark himself, and as mentioned by the article from Eileen Brown: “Why Facebook’s Dislike button is such a smart marketing move”. Thus, it’s just a matter of sitting and wait for what’s next.

    Brilliant blog, good points and important to raise this topic for discussion.

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