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(Pocket-lint) - Some day in the not-so distant feature you will be able to interact with a negative or unpleasant post on Facebook by giving it a 'dislike', rather than a possibly-inappropriate 'like'.

According to CNBC, Facebook is finally working on a dislike button. The company's chief executive apparently revealed the news during a Q&A session, emphasising that people have asked about the dislike button for many years.

"Today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it," he said, while explaining the feature should allow users to express emotions other than 'like'.

But at the same time, he doesn't want Facebook to turn into a forum where people vote up or down on people's posts, because then it'll create a situation where someone shares a special moment that gets down-voted by others. 

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The 'dislike' button will therefore be a new feature that allows user to "express empathy" with their Facebook friends, such as when someone shares something that is sad or doesn't call for a 'like'. Facebook has been trying to get the dislike interaction down during the creation process and will soon begin testing the button.

Facebook expects to do a wider roller out. That's all we know for know, but stay tuned to our Facebook hub for the latest news about the company.

Writing by Elyse Betters. Originally published on 16 September 2015.