Facebook is testing a dislike button in Messenger

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For years, people have been requesting Facebook for a button to express a negative emotion. Facebook has finally bowed down to the pressure and has introduced the button, however, the button is available only in Facebook Messenger. Yes, the social media giant is testing feature to dislike conversations in Messenger, instead of introducing it next to the reactions feature.


The feature will allow users to add reaction emojis next to text in conversations. Users simply have to hover over the message and choose from the list of available options. Users can also see a total count of reactions that message has.

As first noted by TechCrunch and later confirmed by Facebook, the new reactions feature in Messenger is similar to the expanded reactions that are available in response to posts in the Newsfeed.


“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging,” Facebook told TechCrunch in a statement. “This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.”

Facebook has been dodging this button since long to avoid the negativity on the newsfeed. Hence, Facebook sees the new button is just as a way to say “No” to something like event or poll.

The report said, "Facebook says people often use Messenger for planning and coordination, and it’s experimenting to see if reactions are helpful for quick logistics and voting."

Currently, the feature is in the testing phase with a group of testers. So let's hope they give a thumbs up to this feature and it gets eventually rolled out to the end-users.

Notably, Apple recently introduced a slew of changes to iMessage for the release of iOS 10, which also includes the new reactions feature. This feature allows users to long-press on an iMessage and adds a reaction like a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to it.

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