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Facebook Testing the Elusive Dislike Button in its Messenger

By March 8, 2017 June 26th, 2019 No Comments

Facebook users have had always requested the social networking giant to introduce the ‘dislike’ button. The ideal opposite to its ‘like’ button, Facebook has always steered away from this almost magical feature for many of its users. It is at least a good start that the social media site is now testing the ‘dislike’ button on its Messenger app.

How does the Dislike Button Work?

Facebook has allowed its users to tag their friends’ messages within Messenger using the ‘dislike’ button. Users can also tag emoji responses similar to the ones found in Facebook Reactions. It is expected that once the trial ends, this feature will be made available to all users across Messenger.

Why Not a Dislike Button on Facebook?

According to Facebook, adding a ‘dislike’ button could allow the News Feed to become too negative. It expects that once the button is offered for general use for the News Feed, it would work more like a ‘no’ button. It is expected that one of the biggest concerns for Facebook was that the dislike button will be used aggressively for bullying other users.

So its current objective is to check how the ‘dislike’ button and Reactions work in Messenger.  Currently, this feature is being made available to only a few users.

How the Trial Works?

When users hover over the messages from their friends, the option to choose an emoji button appears. The different options provided include:

  • Like
  • Dislike
  • Heart
  • Lol
  • Wow
  • Sad
  • Angry

Once the user chooses an emoji for a message, everyone in the threat will be able to see the Reaction. Users can also check the list of users who choose a specific type of Reaction.

Reactions Trial in Messenger

According to Facebook, if they find that the trial users like the new feature in Messenger, they could roll it out to other users. However, the social networking site has not confirmed whether the same set of emoji Reactions will be made available to News Feed or not.

The ‘dislike’ button is the most requested but always-denied feature in Facebook. When it thought of diversifying the ‘like’ button, it came up with Reactions. This allowed its users to share their emotions using the right button. It seems that the dislike button will still remain as elusive as it was years ago.

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