The Internet really isn’t short of negativity, so why add a dislike button? Especially when ‘love’ has been the top Facebook reaction since the range was introduced a year ago.
The new reaction is currently being tested on a small number of users in the messenger app. This allows people to react to individual posts in a chat with a thumbs down or dislike button.
It is being tested to determine whether the reactions in the messenger app will be helpful for users. If helpful the dislike button will be used in general Facebook posts.
Speaking to TechCrunch, Facebook said:
We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where people can share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.
The prospect of a ‘dislike’ button has been met with considerable controversy.Some suggest it has a potential to be used for cyber-bullying.
The social media giant wants users to attach reaction to their friends’ individual threads. They envision the thumbs down being used as a quick way to say ‘no’ on a group chat, especially when trying to vote on a decision.
For now, Facebook still seem reluctant to add the dislike feature to comments. They are currently keeping to the messenger app in order to avoid creating too many bad vibes on the news feed.
There is already an angry icon, I think dislike would be a slight overkill on the negativity.