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According to an article published by E! News on Dec. 9, Facebook may be planning to launch a new “Sympathize” button for status updates.

E! News reports that someone pitched the idea of a “Sympathize” button at Facebook's recent Hackathon, which is a meeting where Facebook's staff get together to brainstorm new ideas. If implemented, the “Sympathize” button would replace the “Like” button on any status that was marked with an emotion like sad or depressed.

Reports indicate that a Facebook staffer says that they have decided that it's not exactly the right time for the launch of the “Sympathize,” button: “Yet.” Leaving open the possibility that users could see it appearing on a status near them in the future.

Of course, Facebook users aren't known for showing tact whenever Facebook launches a new feature, so it remains to be seen how well the new “Sympathize” button will be received. If this new feature is like most new things on Facebook, users will more than likely band together and demand that it be removed at once. A perfect example of this is the Facebook (event) ticker; it has been around for more than a year now, and people are still demanding it be removed. That said, there are some things users have been asking for like a “dislike” button on status updates, but there has been no word on when or if Facebook will ever launch that.

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