With the new administration taking over, it is no longer possible for a Facebook user to silence his or her political views, but that doesn’t mean that the site will let him or her forget about it.
In an interview with Wired, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that he will “absolutely” allow the company to “tweak” the system to allow users to “unfriend” others who have criticized them.
The company plans to add a feature that lets users “un-friend” people who have posted negative or disparaging comments about them, but only if they are willing to pay for the privilege.
Zuckerberg, who is currently under fire for his recent public statements about immigration, said that the feature will likely be enabled in the coming months.
He noted that Facebook is a “very small part of our global user base.”
Zuckerberg also said that Facebook has taken “immediate action” to address the problem.
The move to allow unfriending will not affect the way users can interact with the platform, according to Zuckerberg.
“We’re not changing how we interact with users on Facebook, but we will have a process in place to enable people to un-friend people that they disagree with, and then to make sure they are still able to interact with that user, to reach out to them and ask them questions,” he said.
Zuckerberg also noted that he and the company are working on new ways to help users “understand how the platform works and how it can be improved.”