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Controversy over Facebook dislike button for apps

Facebook is not in the business of standing still, which is why they have brought in an array of new features that will help keep users happy. However, it is always inevitable that they will not be able to keep everyone happy, and the controversy over no dislike button for apps is one that has angered not only users, but app developers as well.

It does seem strange how you are able to like something, but not dislike, its like Facebook is afraid that people might upset someone — which is what a huge percentage of their users use the service for. Before we get into the finer details, maybe this decision is because FB is trying to change how it is perceived, but then isn’t that taking away what the service what set up for in the first place?

The new features was introduced during F8, and it was then that we were told by Mark Zuckerberg that users will now be able to express themselves, and were giving developers more powers to do so. What is confusing about this is the moment that they try to add ‘Dislike’ into a field while creating an app they get a message saying that the name is a blocked word.

Banning words is used by many websites and blogs, as this is to stop foul and hurtful words, but we would not consider dislike a hateful word. What The Huffington Post finds confusing is the fact that developers can use words such as hate, loath, reject etc.

Facebook has yet to say why they do not allow a dislike button, but many users are complaining that this is a “violation of the freedom of speech
Amendment to the Constitution.”

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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I would like to reference the picture used in this article. Can the author or website originator post the procedures to obtain permission.

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“It does seem strange how you are able to like something, but not
dislike, its like Facebook is afraid that people might upset someone —
which is what a huge percentage of their users use the service for.”

Really? Based on what exactly? Care to clarify?

This site is shite. It claims to be a ‘top source’ for reviews, but it’s not even the top result when you search ‘Product Reviews’. Mickey-mouse site with Mickey-mouse staff.

Thomas Harrison

5th November 2011 🙂

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