For many, the announcement of Facebook’s “dislike” button was welcome news, offering a way of responding to photos and posts with more nuance than the simple “like.” Last week Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the new button will allow people to express empathy and understanding.
A friend announced they just lost their job, another’s grandmother passed away, or someone simply had a really lousy day: Now you can let them know you’re feeling their pain with the push of a (to-be-released) button.
But the news of an upcoming dislike option is less welcome to parents concerned that it can quickly morph into yet another tool for cruelty on social media. Will it be used to “dislike” photos, status updates and other social media messages? Diana Graber wonders if it will become a new tool for cyberbullying, while others see a perfect storm brewing with those already addicted to gaining as many likes on social as fast as possible.