Facebook confirmed the trial, with a spokesperson stating:"We're always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging". And despite the new Messenger Reaction's optic, the company reportedly told Tech Crunch that its thumbs down was meant to function more as a "no" button.
For a very long time, users have been requesting the team to add a dislike button to the Facebook social media platform. Facebook Reactions allows users to react to posts on their newsfeed by choosing among six options: love, laughter, shock, sadness, and anger. However, there is a whole list of new Reaction buttons, but they will only become visible when users linger over a message in Messenger.
Facebook executives have been weighing whether or not to introduce a dislike button, or something similar to it, for years. Now the company is reportedly trying a tool like "Dislike' button as a way of reaction to any post".
Facebook has also included a reaction counter that tallies the total number of reactions to any given line, something which will undoubtedly be useful in Group Chats.
Facebook has been dodging this button since long to avoid the negativity on the newsfeed.
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While this might not be the Facebook dislike button you were waiting for, this is perhaps going to be the closest we are ever going to get to a Facebook dislike button. However, the company indicated its willingness to provide access to all Messenger users if it gets favorable response from users. Facebook mobile is testing the reaction for messenger app.
The trial feature does not now appear for all users.
"For more than a year we have been conducting global research including focus groups and surveys to determine what types of reactions people would want to use most", the company wrote in a blog post at the time.
If the test is successful, Messenger's dislike could roll out to all users. An actual dislike option would be too negative and likely used for bullying, he said.
The Facebook dislike button is not, however, the only button that will appear in the inbox. The options include a heart-eyes, LOL, wow, sad, and angry emoji - as well as a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.