Facebook tests the Dislike button for the Messenger app

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It seems like a long time ago since Facebook launched Reaction buttons for posts last year. Before that, the only way to react to a post on Facebook was to “Like” it. Facebook added the “Love”, “Haha”, “Wow”, “Sad”, and “Angry” buttons. These buttons have been used over 300 billion times. However, Facebook still has something for us; the company is set to launch the Dislike button soon.

Facebook Dislike button

A report on TechCrunch noted that the tech company was testing out a “thumbs down” reaction for Facebook Messenger. You will recall that Facebook had previously announced an upcoming Dislike button. However, in spite of endless requests from users, this never came to fruition. Users requested for more ways to react to posts on Facebook than just “liking” it; obviously, you wouldn’t want to like a post that conveys some really terrible news, but you have to react.

Facebook is trying out the Dislike button on the Messenger app. Thus, you can react to specific messages with an emoji, just like you would on the News Feed. According to Facebook,

“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable users to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message”.

This already sounds like a fun idea.

Slack, a workplace-oriented social media platform, launched this feature in 2015. In this case, you could “like” or “favorite” a particular message. Facebook launched its version a year ago, and users have applied the Reaction buttons 300 billion times. However, Facebook had been reluctant to include a Dislike button, as they feared that some people might use it as a form of online bullying. The reaction to this small test, however, could see the social media giant release the Dislike button to all users soon.

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