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Facebook’s Dislike Button Is Here, But It’s Not What You Think!

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Remember how – not too long ago – everyone got excited about how Facebook was planning to launch a “Dislike” button? Well, that button is here…sort of.

In a post on his official Facebook account last evening, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the test launch of a new “Reactions” button – basically a set of animated emoji with different reactions, including Like, Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad and Angry alongside the Like button. Take a look at them below:

Meet the new Reactions.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, 8 October 2015

 

So How Does It Work?

The new Reactions button will work just like the Like button – except it’ll be way more expressive. All you have to do it hover over the Like button with your mouse (if you’re using a desktop browser) or long press on your phone to open the pop-up feature, then tap on any one emoji to add to your post/reply to better express how you feel. (Note that just like with the Like button, you can only use one Reaction per post.) We can finally do away with those extra large – and sometimes silly – stickers to express our reactions now! Interestingly, apart from the number of Likes, your post will also display the number of different reactions it has received. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

However, it’s only available to Facebook users in Ireland and Spain starting this week, and will open up to the rest of the world once it’s out of the testing phase. (Insert sad emoji.)

See the video below showing you how Reactions works for more:

 

Today we’re launching a test of Reactions — a more expressive Like button. The Like button has been a part of Facebook for a long time. Billions of Likes are made every day, and Liking things is a simple way to express yourself.For many years though, people have asked us to add a “dislike” button. Not every moment is a good moment, and sometimes you just want a way to express empathy. These are important moments where you need the power to share more than ever, and a Like might not be the best way to express yourself.At a recent Townhall Q&A, I shared with our community that we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the best way to give you better options for expressing yourself, while keeping the experience simple and respectful. Today we’re starting to test this.Reactions gives you new ways to express love, awe, humor and sadness. It’s not a dislike button, but it does give you the power to easily express sorrow and empathy — in addition to delight and warmth. You’ll be able to express these reactions by long pressing or hovering over the Like button. We’re starting to test Reactions in Ireland and Spain and will learn from this before we bring the experience to everyone. We hope you like this – or can better express how you’re feeling!

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, 8 October 2015

 

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