For many years, Facebook users have requested the instalment of a ‘dislike’ button to offer another way to respond to sad news.
Reluctant to introduce a feature that could be abused and lead to bullying, Facebook has instead offered a range of expressive emotions offering alternatives to ‘like’.
Users will now be able to respond with: ‘love’, ‘haha’, ‘yay’, ‘wow’, ‘sad’ and ‘angry’ icons alongside the ‘Like’ feature.
As with the ‘Like’ button, the reactions will appear on any post in the news feed on mobile or desktop. The number of reactions that any post has received will sit underneath the post and users will be able to see who reacted and how.
Facebook 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, according to Techcrunch.
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