Facebook users have always wished for the social network to have a Dislike button so that they can appropriately showcase their displeasure at a post. The social network’s Reactions feature is the closest thing to a proper Dislike button for now and in a new test it’s running for Facebook Messenger, the company is actually testing Reactions for Facebook Messenger as well.
The way this works is that users basically attach an emoji to their friends’ messages to showcase their reaction. It’s similar to how it works in the News Feed and sure enough, there’s a “thumbs down” option as well which effectively showcases dislike for a particular message.
Only some users appear to be seeing the Reactions option in Facebook Messenger at this point in time so clearly, it’s a test and not a global roll out just yet.
Facebook confirmed this much to TechCrunch, saying 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.”
These tests allow Facebook to gauge the reception of new features with a small group of users before it decided to roll it out for more than one billion users. It remains to be seen if the company gets convinced enough to roll out Reactions in Facebook Messenger to all users.
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