Facebook users who have found themselves in the awkward position of liking posts by friends with sad news as a way of indicated that those friends were in their thoughts may soon have an alternative, as Facebook Engineer Dan Muriello said during the Compassion Research Day event hosted by the social network last week that one of his colleagues developed a “sympathize” button during a recent hackathon.
The Huffington Post reported that Muriello said that when Facebook users select negative emotions such as “sad” or “depressed” for their status updates, the like button would be converted to a sympathize button.
Muriello added that the launch of the sympathize button was neither pending nor guaranteed, HuffPost reported, adding:
It would be, “Five people sympathize with this,” instead of, “Five people like this, which, of course, a lot of people were — and still are — very excited about. But we made a decision that it was not exactly the right time to launch that product. Yet.
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