According to published reports, Facebook will finally buckle to user pressure and roll out a hate button to go along with its like button, and the social network is also considering other buttons including meh, love, who cares, and +11. Oh, and, happy April Fool’s Day.
TechCrunch was the source of this April Fool’s gem, citing information from Facebook’s S-1 filing saying that 2.7 billion likes are generated each day, and adding that the social network expected to double that total with the new hate button.
TechCrunch went on to say:
When the original like button was announced, Facebook Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg made a bold prediction that there would be more than 1 billion likes across the Web in just the first 24 hours. Sources at Facebook say Mark is estimating 2 billion hates on the first day. Facebook studies have shown the sad fact that people hate things on the Internet more than they like things. There’s also an internal debate on whether the new button should be called “hate” or “dislike.”
Other buttons under consideration are the “meh,” “love,” “who cares,” and “+11,? but there is also a fear this could lead to a button explosion.
Our sources say the hate button is not a sure thing. It’s being heavily debated inside the social networking company. This new feature would fit with Facebook’s mission to “build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want,” whether that’s love or hate.
A tip of the hat to TechCrunch for this April Fool’s humor, going to far as to point out that Facebook would not comment due to the quiet period leading up to its initial public offering.
Readers: Would you actually like to see buttons for hate, meh, love, who cares, or +11?
Hate button image courtesy of TechCrunch.