Facebook Dislike: Facebook Launches Dislike Button As emoji Reactions
Facebook has finally launched its way to people’s calls for a “dislike” button — in the form of six new emoji reactions, each representing their own feeling, like “Love”, “Haha”, “Yay”, “Wow”, “Sad” and “Angry”.
A “dislike” button has been constantly requested by some users since the introduction of the now-iconic “like” button in 2009. People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years.
Instead of the often-requested “dislike” to counter the existing Like button, founder Mark Zuckerberg explains (in a video embedded after the break) that this idea is just about giving more options to express yourself. Whether or not the feelings of love, sadness and empathy are what you’re trying to project, the test is currently limited to users in Ireland and Spain.
If you are there (or use a browser proxy service like Hola to fake it) you’ll see something like the picture above, after long pressing the Like button on the website or mobile apps.
Depending on how things go, this could roll out to the rest of the billion or so Facebook users soon, but it looks like any official support for dislike is never going to be in the plans.
Facebook’s way of doing that seems to be a series of expressive “Reactions”, rather than exactly replicating the Like button. That button is still available, but the new buttons sit alongside the regular thumbs up as extra options.
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.