After the release of iOS 10 last fall, Apple introduced a host of changes to the Messages app, including a new reactions feature. This feature allows users to long-press on an iMessage and adds a reaction like a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to it. When Facebook rolled out a wider selection of reaction buttons a year ago, there was one button conspicuously missing: a dislike button. Facebook is now testing out a thumbs down reaction, not for posts but for Facebook Messenger.
The company is testing new reactions feature in Messenger, which would allow users to add reaction emojis next to text in conversations. Users would do this by clicking on a button next to the text, which would bring up a series of reactions. What’s different about the reactions available in Messenger compared to the Newsfeed, however, is the inclusion of a Dislike button. The feature also includes a reaction counter, which would list the number of reactions on any given line.
Facebook interpreted that in Messenger, it sees the Dislike button as more of a way to say “No” to something. It said, “We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a very small test where we allow people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message.”
While a Dislike button has been frequently requested by users, Facebook had resisted creating one, opting instead to create the wider range of reactions. According to the information available, Facebook is treating the thumbs down as “more a ‘no’ button”, and that the test is to see if the “reactions are helpful for quick voting and logistics.”
The feature doesn’t appear to all users, but the company has conducted tests on small groups of users before rolling it out to the larger population. Messenger reactions are incredibly similar to what’s available in iMessage right now. For a full rundown of everything that was introduced to Messages in iOS, read our full breakdown here.