VIDEO: Check out Facebook’s alternative to the Dislike button, but watch out for scams!

Graham Cluley

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So, Facebook crack addicts, here’s the news.

Right now, in Ireland and Spain, you have been given a Like button on steroids. Rather than just “Like” someone’s post on the social network (which always felt weird when they were posting about their hamster being run over by a steamroller or other news for which “Like” just wasn’t quite appropriate) you can now choose from a selection of emojis.

You can see for yourself in the video I have made demonstrating the new feature.

No doubt Facebook will start rolling this feature out across its wider network in the near future.

But, keep your pants on. Don’t rush to get the feature before Facebook rolls it out to your account. Just as we have seen “Dislike” scams in the past, it wouldn’t be any surprise if scammers also try to trick you into clicking on dodgy links or sharing information in your hunger to be able to say you’re empathetic about the latest steamroller-related accident rather than “Like” it.

If you enjoyed my video, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and I’ll make some more.

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Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

4 Replies to “VIDEO: Check out Facebook’s alternative to the Dislike button, but watch out for scams!”

  1. My first good chuckle of the day: the implication that there are Facebook users who "might" do something stupid. That pegs the mirth meter.

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