Finally Facebook implements the “dislike”… but it’s complicated

Since all my likes are handled by the [loveMachine], I found myself looking for other things to do on Facebook. That’s when I stumbled on the (hidden) “dislike” function.

Since it’s a long awaited feature, I must warn you that it’s not as easy as the “like”. It requires at least 3 clicks, works only on comments and the outcome of it is not public. But no third party, browser plugin or application required, here’s how it works:

  1. Find a comment that you dislike under one of your posts.
  2. Click on the light grey [X] next to
  3. The comment is then replaced by this text “This comment has been removed” and two links.
    Click on “Give (the commenter) feedback”.give-feedback
  4. Facebook will then pop-up a message window pre-filled with: “Hey, I didn’t like this comment”.
    Click send.didnt-like.

As you can see, it’s quite a hassle. But it’s there. So from now on, don’t say anymore that Facebook doesn’t have the “dislike” function.

Unless what you are really missing is that your friends don’t see the things that you dislike. Something teenagers might be demanding after all. Mark? Anybody listening?

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Julien Deswaef

Born in Brussels, Julien Deswaef is a software artist, experience designer and interface developer based in Barcelona. Active both in visual arts as well as in free / libre and open source culture, he has the ability to transform ideas into digital realities. He regularly collaborates with artists in the world of entertainment, music and fine arts. His art practice usually questions copyright, authorship and the impact of technology on our society through generative graphics and social media bots. Deswaef’s work has been visible in multiple art and music festivals across Europe such as Pukkelpop in Belgium, Les hivernales in Switzerland, Les Nuits Blanches in France or Kurzfilmfestival Koeln in Germany. Some of his artworks have been featured in collective exhibitions with institutions including Somerset House, LEAP, ESC Medien Kunst Labor, iMAL, Le Manège, Le Vecteur ou Les Brasseurs.