Facebook tests thumbs-down 'dislike' button in Messenger chat app
Poriborton Desk 5:14 pm, March 07, 2017
One of the most requested features for Facebook could be moving a step closer to reality.
A new thumbs down emoji is one of a range of 'reactions' that have appeared on the Messenger app of some users of the site.
The apparent testing of the new feature fits with long-running speculation that a similar function for the main site may also be on the way.
Facebook users took to Twitter over the weekend to reveal the recent appearance of the reactions option in their Messenger apps.
When hovering over a chat message, an emoji icon now appears for some users which allows them to respond with various emoji.
The options include both a thumbs-up and thumbs-down icon, as well as symbols for love, laughter, shock, sadness and anger.
The Messenger reactions feature adds to a function introduced to the website in early 2016.
The new function is currently only appearing for a small group of users, but may be rolled out more widely if the tests are considered a success.
All members of Messenger chat groups can see the reactions if they are added, and a small counter will keep tabs on the number of responses a particular message receives.
Facebook had ruled out adding a dislike feature in the past for fear of attracting negativity.
In 2007, a Facebook user started a group to try to convince Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to add a 'dislike' button option for posts.
The California company has softened its stance over recent years, with Mr Zuckerberg revealing in 2015 that they were working on a thumbs-down sticker for the Messenger app.
When Facebook, based in Menlo Park, finally released its new reaction buttons, however, it didn't include a 'dislike' option.
Instead, the Facebook reaction emoji's included an angry emoji and a crying emoji which also express negative emotions.
The thumbs-down button in the Messenger app will be the most prominent position given to a 'negative' or 'no' feature added to the social network.
Speaking to TechCrunch, a spokesman for Facebook said: '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.'
Facebook launched its popular reaction emoji's in early 2016 and it's been revealed that the 'Love' reaction is the most popular one.
Among the available reactions are 'Like', 'Love', 'Haha', 'Sad' and 'Angry.'
Since they've been released, the reaction emoji's have been used over 300 billion times.
The love reaction accounted for more than half of the reactions people used on Facebook in their first year (not including the standard like reaction).
Christmas 2016 had the highest number of reactions used on posts in a single day, a Facebook representative told New York Magazine.
On Christmas day of 2016, the 'Love' reaction was also the most used emoji.
The love reaction was the most popular emoji this past year despite the 'like' thumbs up already having existed to react positively to posts.
The ability to react in more ways than simply 'liking' a Facebook post had been a long time coming.
Source: The Daily Mail
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