Facebook users around the globe have wished for a dislike button for years and it seems like the company has finally fulfilled their request. While most people would expect to see the long-anticipated dislike button on Facebook alongside the other post reactions, instead the option is in FB Messenger only.
As per some reports, the social media goliath has been working on adding reactions to its messaging app. Similar to tap back reactions in iMessage, Facebook will update its messaging app to allow users to react to messages using a number of new emoticons.
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Reactions for Facebook Messenger will consist of seven new emojis: lol, heart-eyes, angry, sad, wow, thumbs-down, and thumbs-up.
The company confirmed this new feature by saying,
“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.”
That means not everyone has the access to the new Dislike reaction now, but if users enjoy it, Messenger reactions can be rolled out to all users.
Due to the addition of always-denied, new dislike button on Facebook, the reaction list for Messenger differs from the News Feed one. According to reports, Facebook will never add a dislike button as it doesn’t want to inject negativity into feeds.
The social networking giant has reportedly said that it would not add a dislike button to evade filling feeds with too much negativity. Instead, it added reactions so users can share more nuanced emotions quickly.
Coincidently, Facebook sees the thumbs-down emoji as more a ‘no’ button. According to the company, people often use Messenger for planning and coordination, and it’s making experiments to see if such reactions are helpful for quick voting and logistics. That’s why; it’s offering a Yes/No option, albeit users will naturally see it like a dislike button on Facebook.
Dislike button on Facebook is currently being tested on a selected group of users. If testing concludes that it is useful, then the company might roll the feature out to the rest of its user base.