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Facebook develops sympathise button

In future you could sympathise with a status instead of like it
Facebook has devised a sympathise button as an alternative to the like button for use in certain situations.

If a user selected a negative emotion from Facebooks list of feelings in a status update then the like button would change to sympathise.

A Facebook engineer said at a company event that the button had been created as part of an internal project.

FacebookBut he later went on to say there were no plans to launch it at the moment.Facebook were holding a compassion research day where members of the public and researchers are invited along to improve [Facebook’s] understanding of the driving forces and benefits of compassion.

Hackathon

In a question and answer session an audience member asked if Facebook had thought about changing the like button when it felt inappropriate in relation to what a user had posted, for example when someone had written that their parents had died.

Dan Muriello, a software engineer at Facebook, said another engineer had worked on a hackathon project a while back to change the like button to sympathise.

It would not work for every post he said but if you tag a status with certain emotions from a fixed list then the like button would change.

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, he said.

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