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16/09/2015 04:27 BST | Updated 16/09/2015 04:59 BST

The Facebook 'Dislike' Button Is Finally Happening Says Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that Facebook is finally working on a 'dislike' button.

In a Q&A session at the company's headquarters the social network's founder confirmed that Facebook had actually been working on the concept ever since it introduced the famous 'like' button in 2009.

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"Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and 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." said Zuckerberg.

While many of us probably have our own reasons for wanting the 'dislike' button, Zuckerberg was very clear about what he wanted it to be used for.

The CEO wants the button to be a mechanism for showing sympathy or empathy on a post where simply clicking 'like' can feel jarring or insensitive.

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He was clear to point out that the button would not be designed as a way to complain or 'down vote' a post which someone doesn't agree with.

Some experts believe that while the 'dislike' button might seem like an open goal for misuse, many users may end up just using it to express their annoyance of ads.

There's no official timeline on when we'll see the button introduced but Zuckerberg confirmed that it would be coming 'soon'.

The company has undergone a series of subtle but significant changes in how people interact with it from a huge focus on transparency within the company to an increase in the amount of control that users have over their own identity online.

Equality has been a major push for Zuckerberg's social network as well including major changes like gender choice to simply changing the 'Friends' icon to be more neutral in how it's perceived.