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'Dislike' button coming to Facebook, Zuckerberg says

Facebook may be adding a "dislike" button many users have long clamored after. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said an announcement is coming soon.

According to Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, people have been asking for years for a dislike button. He announced on Tuesday that Facebook was working on the feature and will be testing it soon.

"We've finally heard you," Zuckerberg told a public town hall meeting at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

"It took us a while to get here... because we don't want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people's posts," he said. "That doesn't seem like the kind of community that we want to create.

"We've been working on this for a while, actually. It's surprisingly complicated to make," he added.

Zuckerberg said he understood that it was awkward to click "like" on a post about events like a death in the family or the current refugee crisis. He said there should be a better way for users to "express that they understand and that they relate to you."

"Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day where I actually get to say we are working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it," Zuckerberg said.

"But we have an idea that we think we're getting ready to test soon, and depending on how that goes, we'll roll it out more broadly."

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