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Facebook takes its ‘Like’ button a step further with reactions

You probably won’t ever see Facebook with a “dislike” button, but they have come out with a way to express more of your emotions. Facebook has released a new feature called Reactions for the Like button, which will go live for some users Friday.

Here’s how it works:

Reactions is like an extension to the Like button. The feature works for any post on Facebook where the Like button exists. By hovering over the button with your mouse, you will open a panel with six different reactions to add to the post. You can pick from “like,” “love,” “yay,” “haha,” “wow,” “anger” and “sad.”

Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook

Each emotion has an emoji attached, which will be displayed on the post. Each emoji will appear alongside the number of likes with their own numbers. For instance, you may have 29 “likes,” 20 “loves” and 4 “hahas.” Like the regular “like” button, you can only choose one emotion for each post, according to NPR.

It’s hard to tell when you will be able to use the new feature. According to Mashable, you will receive the update based on where you live. Facebook users in Spain and Ireland will be the first to test the feature, and the first test will determine when the rest of us can use the feature.

Several Facebook users have suggested that the company should adopt a “dislike” button. However, they decided to go for emotional reactions instead of judgmental ones. In other words, they are creating a “this is how I feel” response instead of a “this sucks” response.

Zuckerberg has expressed his concern over and over about a “dislike” button conveying too much negativity. In a Q&A in December 2014, he said that “everyone feels like they can just push the Like button, and that’s an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone.”

“We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad,” Zuckerberg added. So this is what they are going with!

Of course, the feature is still fairly experimental and changes could occur. Facebook usually rolls out its features gradually in an effort to receive feedback and make some tweaks.

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