Dislike Button: Facebook To Give New Dislike Button A Trial
For the first time, social media giant Facebook is bowing to longstanding pressure from users and will be introducing the Dislike Button.
Facebook will give the “dislike” button a trial for the initial perido, though not on its most popular platform used by nearly two billion users.
The much-anticipated dislike button has been rolled out to a limited number of people on Facebook’s Messenger app, Whatsapp.
Whatsapp is linked to the main Facebook platform but only boasts half the number of users, or approximately one billion accounts.
Facebook had long ignored repeated calls for a ‘dislike’ button, however, this test may be seen as somewhat of a compromise.
Initial resistance to implement the controversial feature centered around fears that it could be used as a form of online bullying.
A Twitter user posted an example of what the new dislike button looks like:
— kanyin Bhaseet (@kanyin_sbreed) March 5, 2017
The feature is the latest iteration of Facebook’s ‘Reactions,’ which, since their launch almost a year ago, have proven to be very popular with users with over 300 billion such reactions sent so far.
The only difference between the reactions on Facebook’s main platform and those trialed on Messenger is the dislike button, or thumbs down emoticon.
Facebook Launches New Dislike Button
A Facebook representative speaking to tech crunch about the new emoji was quoted as as saying:
“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging.
This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.”
Almost a year ago, Facebook launched Reactions which came with several different emoji’s representing different emotions like “Love” “Happy” “Crying” and “Surprised.”
Facebook’s Reactions have proven to be quite popular, with over 300 billion sent so far.
“Love” is the most frequently used, making up more than fifty percent of all Reactions.