Facebook will trial the use of a dislike button, which users will be able to use in the Facebook Messenger service.
The social media site is rolling out a new set of trial reaction buttons that can be used in reply to an individual message. By hovering the small face that appears next to three dots by a received message, it is possible to see the range of one-click responses.
The new reactions are only available to certain users, and Facebook may not make them available to all messenger users, depending on the success of the trial.
Alongside heart eyes emoji, laughter, a shocked face, crying, angry, a thumbs-up; Facebook has introduced a thumbs down – which has been referred to as the ‘dislike’ button.
“We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging,” a Facebook statement said. “This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.”
This new trial is an extension to the reactions which were introduced to posts on the main Facebook page in February 2016.
Facebook announced at the time, “For more than a year we have been conducting global research including focus groups and surveys to determine what types of reactions people would want to use most.
“We also looked at how people are already commenting on posts and the top stickers and emoticons as signals for the types of reactions people are already using to determine which reactions to offer.”
Another interesting development for Facebook.