BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Users have been asking Facebook for a dislike button for many years, and now it appears that Facebook listened to their requests. They are already testing a dislike button, but it is not exactly where you would expect it to be.
Does something bother you and you want to express in an easier way? Now, instead on going on a rant, Facebook will soon let you hit the dislike button and make your discontent clear for everybody. But will this button be present where everybody wants it to be?
TechCrunch revealed that Facebook was currently testing various Reactions in their Messenger app. This new option will resemble Apple’s iMessages, so if you hover over a message, you will be able to choose from different emojis to send. These emojis include a thumbs up Like, a thumbs down Dislike, and several other reactions and emoji faces.
Also, these reactions would remind of the group messaging app Slack. Reactions are related to specific messages, and everybody in the chat will be able to see them. You will also be able to see a list of all the reactions to a particular message and who sent each reaction.
Facebook revealed that they were constantly looking for ways to make Messenger more fun and keep users engaged, without getting bored. This test is meant to see how the users take the option of reacting to messages.
At the moment, you cannot send dislikes to all those who bother you. If the initial number of testers give their approval, then this option will roll out to the entire expansive community of Facebook users.
Facebook refused to add a Dislike button on News Feed because they wanted to avoid too much negativity. Now, they are seeing this Dislike feature on Messenger more like a way to say “no” than to express negativity.
They said that, since Messenger is used so often as a way to plan events, this Reactions option can make things way easier. It might work as a real-time poll and users can express their opinions directly, without having to search through walls of text.
This new Reactions feature for Messenger might not be what the users have been asking for, but it might actually prove useful and fun and they might end up enjoying it.
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