Social No 'Dislike' option for Facebook, instead it adds six emoji alternatives to the 'Like' button

midian182

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When Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was working on a way to expand the Like button back in September, many believed this signalled the arrival of a Dislike button for the platform. The social media gaint’s CEO did say, however, that the new feature would be used more for situations where “expressing empathy” beyond the Like button was called for. Today, sources have claimed that Facebook will start rolling out Reactions, a set of six emoji which can be accessed via the Like button to express laughter, shock, love, sadness, happiness, and anger – which is possibly the closest we’ll get to a Dislike option.

The feature will start to roll out tomorrow, but Facebook will initially only be testing it on users in Ireland and Spain - although it is expected to expand further. Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s director of product, said the thinking behind choosing these two countries is that as they both have largely national user bases without extensive international friend networks, therefore they work better as closed test groups. Testing Reactions in Spain also lets Facebook see how well the feature is received by non-English users.

The new emojis will be available on the desktop and mobile versions of Facebook. Smartphone users can access them by tapping on the Like button, while anyone on a desktop can select the emojis by hovering the mouse pointer over the Like option or clicking on it.

Facebook will also tally and show the Reactions for each post. So you’ll not only be able to see how many people liked something you posted, but also how many found it sad, loved it, laughed at it, and so on. Mosseri also pointed out that, although they did consider it, there will be no option for users to turn off Responses for their posts, according to TechCrunch.

Using the Like button has always felt inappropriate for certain posts, particularly ones expressing bereavement. It seems as if Reactions may be the solution to this delicate problem. And while there will be those who bemoan the lack of an out-and-out Dislike button, many were worried its introduction would have brought an unwanted extra level of animosity to Facebook.

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Versutus

TS Enthusiast
Good solution. I was against the dislike button, it would generate more hate. I love everyone, even the elitist PC Gamers. :)
 
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EClyde

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I have 29 FB friends. I don't dislike them or they would not be a friend. I am also not going to dislike them in any regard online. A dislike option for use in the couple 3 groups I belong to would be useful.
 

p51d007

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Can't have a dislike button....all the precious snow flakes that have been brainwashed into believing that no matter how rotten you are, no matter how terrible you are at sports, school or ANYTHING, you deserve a ribbon, trophy, "like" because...you tried. If they put up a dislike button, there would be a ton of cat fights online, spilling out into the streets, suicides, crisis hotline calls etc.
 
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cartera

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Can't have a dislike button....all the precious snow flakes that have been brainwashed into believing that no matter how rotten you are, no matter how terrible you are at sports, school or ANYTHING, you deserve a ribbon, trophy, "like" because...you tried. If they put up a dislike button, there would be a ton of cat fights online, spilling out into the streets, suicides, crisis hotline calls etc.
Unfortunately this is already the case, family of mine work for the Police and in their control centres. It's as high as 90% of calls have a Facebook related plot twist I'm told. telling people have you heard of deleting said 'friend' or not using Facebook is apparently against 'their human rights'. My wife is a primary school teacher and she even has to deal with it every day, mostly because of parents rather than pupils.
 
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FakeAccount

TS Rookie
What's wrong with the middle finger button? Don't they have one like Whatsapp, Viber etc.?
No, it took them years of massive pressure and cases like when someone dies to implement this. The problem is that companies pay a lot of money to FB, if they allow people to downvote a company's page...
 

SirGCal

TS Maniac
Another reason I avoid Farsebook all together. Removed my information years ago when they changed data sharing policies and not going back. Nor do the kids, etc. It's just not worth it. Put your business there sure. Advertising and free information spreading.
 

jobeard

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I think this communicates well (upload_2015-10-10_16-13-52.png )
That's a transparent PNG, Right-click and Save As. Later you can Copy it PNG and paste it wherever necessary upload_2015-10-10_16-20-14.png
 
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