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Facebook Dislike Button

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Suzanne
The Facebook dislike button is going to contribute to cyberbullying and trolling. I know they are saying that it is based around 'empathy' but that is not going to stop a huge amount of abuse and negativity being aimed at innocent people on online. It's very irresponsible and actually reminds me again how Facebook doesn't care about its users anymore. They are relying on interpretation which will not work and is open to abuse. What are your thoughts?
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Reflective_Joy
I agree with you Suzanne. When we think about how much trouble the "LIKE" button has caused, I can only imagine what the "DISLIKE" option will bring about. It unfortunately has the capacity to increase cyberbullying. Though the LIKE button has caused controversy over the years, people have started to realize that hitting LIKE on a sad or negative story, didn't actually mean you agreed with it. But a dislike button, seems to have a much stronger negative finality to it.

We all know what a thumbs down means in real life. Even if the DISLIKE button was used on something we meant to share that was negative, just from a psychological standpoint, seeing a thumbs down to something we wrote or shared, will have an impact whether we want it to or not. We will naturally and instantly view that as negative and then possibly reflect on it's meaning.

I also think the DISLIKE button could be viewed as aggressive which can instantly prompt our natural defensive mechanism. In an age of typing before thinking, or involving those too young to have yet honed their emotional regulation- it could cause real conflict both on and off the internet.

It's definitely worrisome. I agree facebook doesn't care about it's users. That has sadly been the case for sometime. I can't see this new feature ending well.
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TheJudge
The Facebook 'Dislike' button is completely open to abuse. You will have groups of trolls and cyberbullies pre arranging to vote down people's posts therefore affecting everybody's lives and potentially their businesses or reputations. When Facebook are consulting/developing this function do you really think at any point they care how it affects their users? A big NO, they care about their share price and potential investors. Facebook investors should say NO to putting profit first and think about the wellbeing of the users for once. I've even seen strange press releases attempting to explain the button with the support of NGO's that are in their pocket. another example of Facebook's obsession with pushing boundaries. Not for me!
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David85
Originally posted by Canadian_SW
I agree with you Suzanne. When we think about how much trouble the "LIKE" button has caused, I can only imagine what the "DISLIKE" option will bring about. It unfortunately has the capacity to increase cyberbullying. Though the LIKE button has caused controversy over the years, people have started to realize that hitting LIKE on a sad or negative story, didn't actually mean you agreed with it. But a dislike button, seems to have a much stronger negative finality to it.

We all know what a thumbs down means in real life. Even if the DISLIKE button was used on something we meant to share that was negative, just from a psychological standpoint, seeing a thumbs down to something we wrote or shared, will have an impact whether we want it to or not. We will naturally and instantly view that as negative and then possibly reflect on it's meaning.

I also think the DISLIKE button could be viewed as aggressive which can instantly prompt our natural defensive mechanism. In an age of typing before thinking, or involving those too young to have yet honed their emotional regulation- it could cause real conflict both on and off the internet.

It's definitely worrisome. I agree facebook doesn't care about it's users. That has sadly been the case for sometime. I can't see this new feature ending well.

Good point SW. This seems like some sort Orwellian experiment. How can there be any positive outcomes for users with something so negative? Facebook clearly don't care about its users and the arguments for the dislike button are ridiculous. Looks like its business as usual for Facebook!! Way too big for their own boots.
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Frank
I agree with all of the above. I can see absolutely no use for this at all other than to gauge the reactions and outcomes of users. Playing with peoples emotions is not what Facebook are supposed to be doing. I am also concerned with the support for this coming from NGO's, they just seem to be towing the Facebook line. 1984 here we come!!
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Jules92
I do think it is a bit odd that Facebook are not even recognising the potential for this function to cause problems, like the issue of cyberbullying doesn't even exist!! So why are they doing it???
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Marti
I think you should at least be able to disable the function. Why should you be forced to stand in judgement for every post you put up? I really can't see how this is an improvement at all, it certainly carries a risk of being abused so why go ahead with it?
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Koda
I dont use Facebook but why did they creat someethingthat wiill hurt others
we have enough of that
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Koda
twitter is hard too the way they do stuf there they took images out of back round. to help with the site, not srue if they are goingto be like in there too
by the way hve never been bullied in twitter i soruound my self with people that love me there and i put it in private mode.
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Koda
i guess you can use dislike button if you se soome cyber buliyng and you dislike that, who nows
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Shamyla
I completely agree with you all on this one... I think the Facebook Dislike button will only increase cyberbullying and trolling. It will definitely be used in a way that it is not intended for and I really hope it doesn't stick around. I can already imagine how hurtful it will be to people and how people will use it in a way to hurt others. It's worth reminding people that all the negativity people bring upon others, especially through cyberbullying is a reflection on the bully themselves and should not be reciprocated. There's a number of steps you can do to block the bully from all things cyber related.
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Koda
I am worried people will give up more about themselves and be very hurt adn feel the negative in them
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Koda
if cyberbulllying happns hope they come ehre for help Cybersmile.org
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Mac
Originally posted by Koda
twitter is hard too the way they do stuf there they took images out of back round. to help with the site, not srue if they are goingto be like in there too
by the way hve never been bullied in twitter i soruound my self with people that love me there and i put it in private mode.

Well done Koda, I like your style. Surrounding yourself with positive people online is the way to go and and sensible privacy management keeps you in control.
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Marti
It looks like the customer (i.e all Facebook users) are the bottom of the pile when it comes to Facebook's priorities. This is the latest in a number of "experiments" users have had to endure. The last one, where people were encouraged to "out" profiles with assumed names crashed and burned spectacularly after artists, writers, whistleblowers and trans-gender performers became targets. This has got "social media behavioural experiment" written all over it and dressing it up as some kind of "empathy tool" is just laughable. How stupid do they think we are???
(Love the 1984 comment) :))
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Koda

In reply to Mac

Thanks that means alot i keep the people who i know dont cyberbully and are there when i need to talk that is who we need to be around
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to Marti

Marti, I couldn't agree more. I think there should be an option to "opt-out" of this function. I think most people feel really dis-empowered on many social media platforms because we are forced to accept certain features we may not want. They are usually very slow in responding to what their users want. It can be frustrating!
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to David85

Thank you David and yes agree! I think they most certainty do not have their users well being in mind. I think what worries me, is who they seek out to condone their decisions. Facebook and other large social media platforms do consult professionals, academics and access research before implementing these kind of features. A few yes's and they think they are ethically sound. Not so.
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heidilynnrussell
Have you guys seen the "Dislike" button yet, because when I pull up my FB, I don't see it. I know they are supposed to have it up, but have they even done it yet, or is it being implemented slowly by regions? It's weird.

Also in response to some questions here about why FB did it ... Time and again, I've seen posts where people are writing about being sick, getting hurt, someone dying, etc. etc. etc. And invariably, 5 people will reply, "Oh, I WISH Facebook had a 'dislike' button, because I DON'T LIKE this!"

That said, I agree with all of you that it opens the door to bullying.

Hopefully they will allow people to control the settings so that they can opt out of the "dislike" button ... In the meantime, I will share here that I go so far as to censure the comments on my Facebook page. I tell people, "If it's my page, then it's my prerogative to delete comments that upset me or other people."

That usually makes more than one person angry with me, but I feel like Facebook should be a fun and safe place ... and if I want to post a political point of view or something about my religious belief, etc., I should be able to do so without harassment. I don't go around posting negative comments on my friends' posts, so why should they bust my boundary and do the same to me?

I guess it all comes down to setting boundaries and letting people know what those boundaries are. If people cross the line, I quietly put them into the "Acquaintance" category, and if they REALLY cross the line, then I put them into the "Restricted" category. That way, they are still "Friends," but they don't know that they can't see all of my posts.

This was a long-winded reply -- sorry for that! I just thought this was a great topic and wanted to throw in my 2 cents. :-)
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Mac
Nice one Heidi, I like the way you manage your account for privacy and restrict access to your posts. This is something that so many people overlook and it can lead to problems if you have people that you really don't know judging you.
We talk a lot about setting boundaries for other peoples behaviour and this is a practical way of setting out those boundaries.
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melia.pond
Some great discussion here about the facebook dislike button, I've heard it was appearing but similar to Heidi I've not yet seen it which is possibly a good thing! Like everyone else I believe it will bring up a large amount of problems and can only imagine the amount of increase it may have on cyber bullying for all ages not just those of young people. I hope facebook will realise that many people do not want the dislike button to be on all the time. I think this discussion is a really good one and highlights a lot of concerns people have, but also reminds people that everyone is feeling similar about the idea of the dislike button.
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Wanesite
I agree that the 'dislike' button shouldn't be on facebook. Facebook is a social media where we share thoughts and interesting things. And if we 'dislike' them, that would only. ruin things.

The time will come when every person in the world would have a high consciousness level, and it's worthless to add a 'dislike' button on facebook then. I personally think it's not a good idea at all.