Facebook is testing a dislike button – well, kind of


Facebook is finally adding the dislike button we’ve all been waiting for – well, kind of.

The long awaited button has been rolled out to a select number of users as part of a new trial, though not on its most popular platform which boasts nearly 2 billion users.

The new  button instead will be added to the Facebook Messenger app, which has around 1 billion users.

And rather than being an actual thumbs-down dislike button, as many users have long called for, the new “dislike” will be an iteration of Facebook’s ‘Reactions’, which it launched a year ago.

Other Reactions include the angry face, haha, heart eyes, wow and sad. Facebook say more than 300 million reactions have been sent so far.


Facebook has repeatedly ignored calls to add a dislike button amid fears it could be used as a form of online bullying, with the addition of a dislike reaction seen as a compromise.

Facebook told TechCrunch: “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.”

Facebook added that rather than this being a ‘dislike’ button, users should think of it more as a ‘no’.



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