Facebook users have debated for a long time whether or not the social networking service should have a "dislike" button alongside its famous "like" feature. Now there's word direct from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that a "dislike" button is not only in the works, but it closer to a launch than you might think.

CNBC reports that during an online Q&A session, Zuckerberg had this to say about a "dislike" button for Facebook:

"People have asked about the 'dislike' button for many years, and 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," he said.

Zuckerberg said that he didn't want such a button to be similar to the "downvote" post feature that's used on sites like Reddit:

Instead, Zuckerberg said, the new feature will allow people to "express empathy" with their Facebook friends, explaining what many users of the social media platform already knew: "If you are sharing something that is sad...then it may not feel comfortable to 'like' that post."

Zuckerberg did not offer a specific time table for when or how the "dislike" button would be tested on Facebook.

Source: CNBC