Facebook is planning to add a dislike button but not where you would expect it to be. It is the Facebook Messenger app which will be introducing this feature.
In the Messenger app, you will be able to attach emoji to a friend’s message in the same way you use the Reactions in Facebook News Feed. The feature was spotted in the app by one of the users. When someone hovers over to a message in the chat thread, a set of emoji appears and one can easily choose one from them.
These Reactions are slightly different from those which appear in the Facebook reactions and include thumbs up (like), wow, sad, angry, and love. On the other hand, the emoji which appear in the Messenger app include lol, sad, wow, angry, hear-eyes, like and dislike.
Below every message in the chat, an emoji counter will appear. One can easily see the full list of the reactions by tapping on the specific message in the thread.
For now, Facebook has confirmed this new feature 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.”
Facebook does not have any intention of adding the dislike button in the newsfeed reactions to avoid negativity. The ‘Dislike’ emoji which has been introduced in the Messenger shows disagreement or means no. 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 their agreement or disagreement. The purpose is to remove any sort of confusion from the long threads that who is replying to whom.
It was a year ago when the reactions feature was launched in the Facebook newsfeed and had managed to gain popularity instantly. A recent report revealed that the Reactions were used over 300 billion times during the entire year and ‘Love’ was the most commonly used reaction out of all of them.
This Messenger app feature is still in the beta testing phase and will take some time to officially roll out around the globe. The more convenient Facebook makes Messenger, the better it is in the position to compete with apps like Line, Snapchat etc. Offering easy replying system can make people stay glued to the app.
- facebook dislike button: techspot