Facebook Is Introducing A 'Dislike' Option

A simpler way to counter those FB rants may soon be upon us

There has long been a clamour – OK, clamour is a bit strong, let's call it a vague preference – for a 'dislike' button on Facebook.

Whether it's your old classmate's rant about 'Muslums', a picture of your ex looking beautiful in the way only exes can or another fucking selfie with a drugged up tiger, the world biggest social network is over-flowing with stuff you want to disapprove of without actually having to write anything.

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Well, Zuck and co have taken us one small step closer to that brave new world by introducing a downwards pointing thumb: although for now, only in the Messenger function.

According to TechCrunch FB are testing how some people react to the option with a view to rolling it out across the site if it goes well.

Perhaps wary of developing a Twitter/YouTube-like problem with trolling and 'haters', for years the company's stance was that they didn't want any 'negativity' in their space.

As such, they've described the thumbs up / down as officially meaning 'yes or not' rather than 'like or dislike'.

"We're always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message," they said.

The long march towards the eradication of pesky words continues.