Facebook tests reactions in Messenger

Tabitha Dunn
March 7, 2017

According to TechCrunch, the Facebook Dislike button is being tested via Messenger, Facebook's chat extension - and is more closely related to the Facebook Reactions feature.

The Messenger reactions feature adds to a function introduced to the website in early 2016. Facebook Reactions allows users to react to posts on their newsfeed by choosing among six options: love, laughter, shock, sadness, and anger. Everyone will see the reaction below that specific message.

As per a tip from tech blogger Hoan Do, Facebook appears to be testing various Reactions within its popular Messenger app. Facebook Messenger is also testing a thumbs-down Dislike option. "This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message", Facebook told the site. Even though people are taking it for what it looks like i.e., a "dislike" button, Facebook still maintains that this is more of a "no" button instead of a disliking option. Press and hold the smiley face, and you'll get a series of Facebook reactions, including a thumbs down Dislike reaction. Well, we have to wait and watch how the new addition in Facebook reactions performs for the Facebook Messenger app. Facebook calls it a "no" button that can be used for quick voting and feedback.

And now Facebook is trialling the same reactions in chat threads where there is more than two recipients.

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Now, the reason why this piece of news if relevant is that the company also included a little dislike button.

Users can also use other emoji such as the heart eyes, laughing, crying, angry, surprised and the original thumbs up.

As the company has already specified, the feature is in testing stage now and all users did not have access to it at the time of writing. Facebook revealed why it is unlikely that the gesture will be added on your news feed anytime soon.

According to a report, Facebook rolled out the trial feature on Messenger app to a small number of people. For example, if someone asks a Yes/No question in a group chat, the friends can simply tap Like or Dislike the message to show whether they agree or not. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had earlier expressly said no to a dislike button, since he thinks it does not go with the idea of how Facebook was imagined.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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