Supermodel slash actress Cara Delevingne is concerned that the addition of a Facebook ‘Dislike’ button will lead to a new wave of online bullying, particularly on social media.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Times, the Paper Towns star said she was unhappy with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s intention to launch the feature. Delevingne – who has a massive virtual following of 3.6 million followers on Facebook, 27.5 million on Instagram, 4.9 million on Twitter – said she worried about kids online and feared the addition of such a feature would only serve as an instrument to potential trolls or bullies.
“If you can go around disliking someone’s pictures, that is going to set off a whole new wave of bullying,” she explained. “These companies are making so much money; they just want the new thing. If it’s something that is going to cause people harm, I really think we should steer against that. ‘Like’ away — but if you have a bad thought about someone, keep it to yourself.”
The feature has yet to launch as a specific ‘dislike’ button though Facebook is currently testing it’s ‘Reactions’ feature where you can express your thoughts to a post via a happy, sad or angry emoji. Zuckerberg however, insists that a dislike button is intended as a tool to enable users to express empathy to a particular post.
“People aren’t looking for an ability to downvote other people’s posts. What they want is to be able to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment, right? And if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it might not feel comfortable to ‘Like’ that post,” he explained.
Whether or not we’ll see this come to life in the future, the model’s candour on the subject is refreshing. Online can be a scary place at times – we’ve reported countless times on various figures being the target of such bullies – and it’s always mentally comforting to see a celebrity who influences so many impressionable youths be acutely aware that she has a responsibility to be mindful of the distress social media can cause.
Delevingne also said that she felt it important that the youth of today have people to look up to. “The young people of today — especially the kids growing up now — have so much power to change things that are wrong with our society,” she added. “It’s important that they have somebody to look up to, whether it’s me or someone else.” And she has a tremendous appreciation for her fans: “They’re always very thankful to me, and it’s crazy because I feel like they help me just as much.”
Via The Sunday Times