Instead Of Just Liking, You Can Reply To Facebook Posts With ‘Reactions’

Instead Of Just Liking, You Can Reply To Facebook Posts With ‘Reactions’
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To allow users to express empathy on the platform, Facebook is now testing “reactions” on the site. The industry, at first, assumed that Facebook will introduce a “Dislike” button, which users have been requesting for a long time. But that is not the case.


Mark Zuckerberg already made it clear that “Dislike” will just be an option among others as he is not aiming to turn Facebook into a community where people vote up or down on posts. Confirming “Reactions,” Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook profile last night:

“Today we’re launching a test of Reactions — a more expressive Like button. The Like button has been a part of Facebook for a long time. Billions of Likes are made every day, and Liking things is a simple way to express yourself. For many years though, people have asked us to add a “dislike” button. Not every moment is a good moment, and sometimes you just want a way to express empathy. These are important moments where you need the power to share more than ever, and a Like might not be the best way to express yourself.”

Explaining this new feature, he further mentioned that reactions will give Facebook users new ways to express different emotions like awe, love, humor and sadness.

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This feature is not yet available in all countries as it is still in its testing phase. Currently, only Ireland and Spain can benefit from this feature and express themselves in a much better way. Reactions will soon come to other countries if things go well.

If you are in Spain or Ireland, long-press the ‘Like’ button to express empathy.

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