While Facebook users have requested the addition of a ‘dislike’ button for years it now seems like the social media giant is finally considering implementing this long-awaited feature.
According to an article from TechCrunch, Facebook is reportedly trialling a thumbs-down dislike Reaction button within the platform’s Messenger mobile messaging app.
Facebook first introduced Reactions, a set of emoji buttons similar in function to the ‘like’ button, to its News Feed last year and while the set included an ‘angry’ button it did not feature the much-requested dislike button.
The other new Reaction emoji buttons include a thumbs-up like button, a heart-eyes face, a laughing face, a shocked face plus an angry face.
Users can add the new Reaction buttons when replying to individual messages within a chat thread, with everyone in the thread able to see the Reactions and who added them.
Facebook confirmed the existence of the new Reaction feature to TechCrunch, referring to the company’s desire to identify new ways of making its service more enjoyable for users.
A spokesperson 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.’
Although Facebook users have requested the inclusion of a dislike button to the News Feed for years, the company has so far avoided such a feature over fears that it could be used to demean other people’s posts.
Facebook did not provide any further information about the new thumbs-down dislike button or if it would be added to the Facebook News Feed, but it’s likely we’ll be able to ‘dislike’ other people’s posts in the very near future.