An Empathetic Dislike

facebook dislike buttonRumors of a Facebook “dislike” button have been swirling around since December 2014. On September 15, 2015 at a Facebook Q&A session, Mark Zuckerberg announced that a “dislike” button will indeed take its place alongside the familiar “like” button.

Zuckerberg describes the dislike button as a tool to show empathy. When posting about something sad, to “like” something isn’t always the appropriate action, in this case a “dislike” button makes, emotionally, more sense.

However with the high anticipation of the dislike button has opened up new doors for scammers. Some Facebook users are reportedly being prompted to click links that are bring them to scam sites. Users are falsely mislead by a message that says the dislike button is an “invite only feature” or to click and learn more. By clicking the download link, the scammers then install malware on a user’s computer and can even steal their private data. When Facebook does finally push the dislike button live, not be a download, and you won’t be asked to take a survey.

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