Facebook launches test of ‘Reactions,’ its version of the ‘dislike’ button

Posted at 9:25 PM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 21:31:16-04

Facebook launched a test for a new feature called “Reactions,” a more expressive “like” button, for Facebook users in Ireland and Spain on Thursday.

The feature is an extension of the “dislike” button that founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the social media site was developing last month during a Q&A at the Facebook headquarters.

“Not every moment is a good moment, and sometimes you just want a way to express empathy,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

“Reactions” gives you new ways to express love, awe, humor and sadness.”

“Reactions” will allow users to express their feelings with more than just a “like.”  Zuckerberg made it clear that the “dislike” button will not be for upvoting and downvoting comments and posts.

“It’s not a dislike button, but it does give you the power to easily express sorrow and empathy— in addition to delight and warmth,” Zuckerberg wrote in the post.

To use these expressions, users have to hold down and hover over the “like” button. They then have six options, besides the “like” button, ranging from “love” to “angry.”

Zuckerberg didn’t say when “Reactions” will be available for Facebook users worldwide, but did said once the test run is successful in Spain and Ireland, it will be released for all users.