Video: Mark Zuckerberg talks dislike button, Facebook’s names policy in second Q&A

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For the second time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from users and audience members about whatever was on their mind. The second Q&A with Mark event, held at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, Calif., was held Thursday. Zuckerberg answered questions from the audience in attendance, as well as questions from people who commented on the page.

One of the most popular questions was about the dislike button, something that many users have talked about for years.

So, why doesn’t Facebook have a dislike button to go with its like button? Zuck answered:

We’re thinking about it, on the dislike button. The like button is very valuable because it’s a way for you to quickly express a positive sentiment or emotion when someone puts themselves out there or shares something. There are more sentiments that people want to express than that they like something. A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives, or are tough cultural or social things. Often, people will tell us that they don’t feel comfortable pressing “like” because “like” isn’t the appropriate sentiment when someone lost a loved one or is talking about a very difficult issue. I think giving people the power to do that in more ways with more emotions would be powerful, but we need to figure out the right way to do that so it’s a force for good and not a force for bad and demeaning the post they’re putting out there.

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Next Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg: Dec. 11

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to answer your questions about Messenger, News Feed, organic reach, videos and whatever else is on your mind. Zuck will hold court again on Thursday in the second Q&A with Mark event.

These events are a town hall, where Facebook commenters (as well as people who go to the event at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park), can ask Zuckerberg whatever they want.

Facebook discussed the event in a post:

Do you have a question for Mark? Mark will be answering your questions at our second community Q&A live from Menlo Park, California on Thursday, December 11 at 2 PM PT.

Ask your question below in the comments or vote on a question already asked by liking it. If you’d like, you can also send us a short video of you asking your question to qawithmark@fb.com.

You can watch the livestream here on Thursday, and we’ll post the video afterwards.

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Facebook Messenger hits 500M user milestone

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Facebook Messenger — the standalone app where Facebook users check messages — has hit 500 million monthly active users, the company announced Monday.

The controversial app, which was attacked for confusingly-worded and scary-sounding permissions, launched in 2011 and has grown considerably. Nearly half of Facebook’s 1.35 billion users now have the Messenger app on their phone.

Facebook’s Peter Martinazzi, Director of Product Management, wrote a Newsroom post about Messenger’s newest milestone:

Today more than 500 million people are using Messenger each month and we’re more committed than ever to make it the best possible messaging experience.

Messenger was the first of our standalone apps, and unlike our core Facebook apps, it focused on one use case – messaging. With Messenger, you can reach people instantly. It is just as fast as SMS but gives you the ability to express yourself in ways that SMS can’t. You can send stickers or videos, take selfies, chat with groups and make free calls. We’ve also continued to improve speed and reliability. Updates to Messenger ship every two weeks so it continues to evolve and improve.

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Ask Mark Zuckerberg a question during live Q&A on Nov. 6

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It’s a Facebook tradition to have weekly all-hands meetings where employees can ask CEO Mark Zuckerberg about anything.

Now you can do the same.

Zuckerberg is hosting a live Q&A session with Facebook users on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. PST. He posted about the event on his timeline:

We have a tradition at Facebook, where every Friday we have a Q&A and all employees can come and ask me questions about anything they want.

It’s an important part of Facebook’s culture. People ask thoughtful questions about why our company is going in certain directions, what I think about things happening in the world, and how we can continue improving our services for everyone. I learn a lot from these Q&As, and the questions people ask help us build better services.

Now I want to extend this tradition to our whole community.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate $25M to CDC to fight Ebola

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Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are known for their generosity, regularly donating money to charities.

Zuckerberg announced today another major donation, as he and Chan gave $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak.

Zuckerberg posted on his timeline Tuesday morning about the donation:

The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.

We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

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A look into Facebook’s f8

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On Wednesday, Facebook’s f8 — a developer’s haven — will return to San Francisco after a three-year absence, this time powered by Parse.

In the past, Facebook has used this conference to announce features such as the Open Graph, Facebook Connect (now Facebook Login) and Timeline. Facebook notes that this year’s f8 will be different (though reports show that Facebook will announce a mobile ad network Wednesday), with a strong focus on the developer community.

A Facebook spokesperson discussed this year’s conference with Inside Facebook:

We’re getting back to our roots and reinventing f8 as a conference purely for developers to learn how to use Facebook and Parse to build, grow, and monetize their apps.

Let’s take a look back at Facebook has launched or announced at past events.

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Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $16 billion

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Facebook may have failed in its bid to acquire popular messaging app Snapchat, but the social network announced Wednesday that it has closed a deal to buy WhatsApp for roughly $16 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, posted to his Facebook page how WhatsApp will work with Facebook:

WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook. The product roadmap will remain unchanged and the team is going to stay in Mountain View. Over the next few years, we’re going to work hard to help WhatsApp grow and connect the whole world. We also expect that WhatsApp will add to our efforts forInternet.org, our partnership to make basic internet services affordable for everyone.

WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community. Facebook Messenger is widely used for chatting with your Facebook friends, and WhatsApp for communicating with all of your contacts and small groups of people. Since WhatsApp and Messenger serve such different and important uses, we will continue investing in both and making them each great products for everyone.

WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting.

WhatsApp’s brand will be maintained (and ad free, according to the company) and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors.

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As Facebook approaches 10th birthday, Mark Zuckerberg opens up

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On Tuesday, Facebook will celebrate a decade of social networking. The company’s Co-Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has recently opened up in candid interviews with NBC’s Today Show and Bloomberg Businessweek about the future of Facebook.

As Facebook matures into the double digits, it appears that Zuckerberg’s beliefs are changing. For instance, the new standalone apps (such as Paper) Facebook is developing may not require users to use their real name.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to sell 41.35M shares

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Facebook announced a proposed follow-on stock offering Thursday, noting that 70 million shares of Facebook stock will hit the market, most of which will come from CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Slideshow: Mark Zuckerberg at TechCrunch Disrupt

Recently, Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco for a wide-ranging interview with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington. Zuckerberg discussed plans for Internet.org as well as learning Mandarin Chinese, and made another push for Facebook Home.

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