Facebook is finally considering the idea of introducing the dislike button in its platform. As the service has the mission to facilitate digital social interactions, some people always considered that disapproval is a common part in any kind of discussion. Thus, this interaction should have its rightful place next to love, like, anger, laughter, cry, and amazement. Nonetheless, the tech giant has been avoiding this subject until recently. The company didn’t want to introduce a tool that could spark a conflict right away. However, Facebook changed its mind, and it is currently testing this concept live.
Facebook wants its Messenger users to interact with each other the same way they do over their News Feed posts. While texting remains the main method of virtual communication, it is known that a line without an accompanying reaction may be devoid of meaning. To be able to reveal one’s feelings without the need of extra typing effort, the tech giant introduced the Reactions from the News Feed in its Facebook Messenger. However, this time the update offers more than the main project. The chat box is now featuring the dislike button as well.
Users will be able to unlock the potential of Reactions by hovering over an already sent line. Afterward, they will be presented with the usual box of seven types of reactions. Users can tap their desired emoji which will get displayed on the window. The other members of the thread will see the reaction bellow the intended message. If they tap one of them, they can see who left which emoji.
Facebook confirmed these rumors to the publication TechCrunch. The statement described how the company is always trying to improve the experienced they offer through Messenger. This time, they want to add an extra Reaction that people are always using in their real social interactions. For the moment, only a few people can benefit this implementation. If Facebook records a positive outcome, they will allow all users around the world to employ their dislike button in their conversations.
The company wants users to perceive the new emoji as a utility button for logistic and voting practices. As it already has a counterpart, namely the like one, this pair can be easily employed in coordinating efforts. For instance, if a member of a chat proposes a city break over the weekend, the others don’t have to flood the chat box with their opinions. They can just attach the proposal a negative or positive emoji, and then they can debate the result.
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