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12/12/2014 11:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Facebook Basically Teasing Us With 'Dislike Button' At This Point

Facebook is considering adding a feature that people have wanted for a long time now: a "dislike" button. But don't hold your breath.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, at a public Q&A session at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Thursday, that the company has put a "great deal" of thought into adding a "dislike" button of some sort.

"You know, we're thinking about it," Zuckerberg said.

But he said he did not see the value in having a feature that would create up-or-down voting for people's Facebook posts, like what you see on Reddit. So don't expect to see something like this on the site any time soon:

facebook dislike

Facebook is considering adding other buttons to express sentiment -- as it has done for years. It has also been thinking about a "dislike" button for years, for that matter.

But Facebook has no plan for creating additional buttons in the near future. The company has experimented with a "sympathize" button and added easy-to-post stickers. There's even a thumbs down sticker, but Facebook doesn't tally those the way it does "likes."

Zuckerberg acknowledged that people do want to express sentiments other than "liking," especially when someone posts about a difficult issue.

Expressing sentiment is already possible on Facebook:

"You know you can always comment," Zuckerberg said -- though he admitted that clicking a button is easier than thinking up a witty comment.

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