'Dislike' button on Facebook a scam

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A new Facebook button that many of the social network's users have been craving has cropped up and is showing in random status updates urging consumers to get it so they can "dislike" other posts. While it may look tempting -- demand for a 'dislike' option has been surging for a while among the website's 500 million members -- it's a scam, designed to install malicious spyware on consumers' computers and potentially steal their identity, warns the Better Business Bureau.

The button appears alongside a message stating, "I just got the the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!" or "Get the official DISLIKE button now", and is followed by a link. Facebook does not have a "dislike" button.