Facebook may soon be introducing an alternative to the “like” button, designed for the times when it may be deemed inappropriate to like specific posts.
The new idea is the “Sympathise” button, designed to change when a negative emotion is detected within a status update, determined from a set lists of words and phrases. One example of a time when the button could change to sympathise is the announcement of the death of a family member or loved one, not something any ordinary person would “like” and be happy about.
The sympathise button was dreamed up during a special “compassion research day” in which the public were asked along with research crew to help improve “understanding of the driving forces and benefits of compassion”.
As of yet they have announced no plans to launch this feature, but it may be implemented in the near future. Facebook software engineer Dan Muriello had the following to say on the matter : ”A lot of people were very excited. But we made a decision that it was not exactly the right time to launch that product Yet.”