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    March 7, 2017

    Facebook begins testing reactions and a dislike button in Messenger

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    Facebook has reportedly begun testing a series of new reactions inside Messenger, which include a long-awaited dislike button.

    While Facebook has spent most of 2016 and early 2017 adding new feature sets to WhatsApp, it’s now Messenger’s time to shine.

    According to new reports, Facebook has begun testing a new set of reactions pertinent to Messenger exchanges, one of which is – wait for it – a long-awaited Dislike button which can be used to show disapproval of the contents of a particular message.

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    The reactions are triggered in the same breadth as one can use for other pieces of content throughout Facebook; by hovering over a particular message, users can press a pop-up emoji button and attach a series of reactions to a line of text.

    Presently, Messenger supports tests for Love, Laugh, Surprise, Sadness, Angry, Like, and Dislike – similarly to what the company’s present set of reactions include.

    In a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook quipped on its development of reactions for Messenger, citing that “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.”

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    The fact that Facebook would move to incorporate a Dislike button in its chief messaging client at all is particularly interesting; the company developed Reactions as a means to satisfy growing demand for a dislike button on its core web platform.

    While Facebook sees the ‘dislike’ button as more of a ‘no’ reaction in context, it’s not clear that the billion-plus users of Messenger would view the reaction in the same context.

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    What are your thoughts? Would you use Reactions inside Messenger? Would you use the Dislike button? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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