Facebook has finally unveiled its solution to people’s calls for a “dislike” button in the form of six new emoji, each representing their own feeling. Facebook is testing a new feature, called “Reactions,” which will let you respond to any post with your choice of six emojis, as opposed to just a “like.”
CEO of Facebook Mr. Mark Zuckerberg said that
“Facebook is working on a type of “dislike” button. “People have asked about the dislike button for many years, We’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community.”
Since that could be used for bullying and might make users feel bad, the site was exploring ways for people to communicate that they were upset without being explicitly negative.
Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox in a post on the social network wrote:
“As you can see, it’s not a “dislike” button, “though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly. We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun.”
That experience currently include emoji for “like, love, haha, yay, wow, sad, and angry.” You can deploy them on updates from your friends, Pages you follow, and brands you like. Or you might be able to, if Facebook decides to take this beyond its initial trial.
“We’ll use the feedback from this to improve the feature and hope to roll it out to everyone soon,”
The site will start rolling out the feature in Spain and Ireland, as a test. The countries have been chosen because they’re relatively closed groups and including Spain will allow the site to try out how the emoji work for non-English users.