Facebook is testing reactions, including a ‘dislike’ button, in Messenger.
A thumbs down emoji is among the new ‘reactions’ to surface for some users of Facebook Messenger.
According to a report from Tech Crunch, the thumbs down icon appears for some users after they hover over a message sent by friends in a chat thread. After tapping the emoji button, users can choose from thumbs-down, an emoji with heart-eyes, or the traditional thumbs-up, laughing, shocked, sad or angry emojis. Users can see who left which reaction on a post with a simple tap.
“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging,” Facebook told Tech Crunch. “This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.”
Like all tests, if Facebook determines the updated reactions to be successful, it will likely roll out to all Messenger users.
The move is a big change for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has previously vetoed the launch of a thumbs down button on his social network. Zuckerberg, in a 2014 Q&A session, said a dislike button would only inspire negativity on the site.
The new thumbs down and heart-eyes icons build on the ‘Reactions,’ the social networking firm launched back in the fall of 2015.
‘Reactions,’ which included a heart, laughing face, happy face, shocked face, sad face and angry face, was a bid to give users more options when a thumbs-up was simply not appropriate.