You're About to Be Able to "Dislike" Things on Facebook

Juuuust in time for all that election-season ire.

Facebook Dislike Button
(Image credit: Marie Claire)

If you've ever wondered when you'd *finally* be able to express your distaste for your high school classmate's super-offensive rant or your little brother's overshare of your awkward tween years or your niece's, uh, selfie—rejoice: The time is now. 

Mark Zuckerberg just announced that a "Dislike" button is coming. "I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we're working on it and shipping it," Zuckerberg said during a Q&A at Facebook's headquarters, according to Business Insider (opens in new tab)

The reason they've avoided it for so long? They didn't want to become, well, negative. "That isn't what we're here to build in the world," Zuckerberg said. But the idea has become a priority now that members have expressed their interest in doing something other than "liking" a post—especially when the post is not something particularly likeable.

"What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment," Zuckerberg said. 

The button could launch *very soon*—so maybe now's the time to unblock your ex?

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.