Facebook Begins Testing Reactions and 'Dislike' Button in Messenger [Update: Officially Launched]

A few Facebook Messenger users have noticed that the company's "Reactions" are available to use within the app and on the web, along with a long-requested dislike -- or thumbs down -- button (via TechCrunch). Similar to Tapback in the iOS 10 Messages app, to use Reactions in Facebook Messenger users simply have to hover over a specific message and tap the small emoji button.

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From there, the app will provide the standard set of Facebook Reactions, including emojis for love, laughter, amazed, sad, and angry. Thumbs up is still available, as well as the all-new thumbs down, which Facebook has said in the past that it wants to avoid using on the main social media site to avoid overt negativity among friends and family members. When Reactions originally launched around a year ago, Facebook aimed for them to be a more nuanced and diverse way to react to posts that was more varied than a simple thumbs up or thumbs down response.
Facebook confirmed this new feature to TechCrunch, saying “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.”
But, according to a statement from the company, within Facebook Messenger the dislike button is being seen as a simple "no" response. Similar to iOS Messages and Slack, Facebook said that its Messenger app is used for coordination and planning, and the addition of message-specific reaction buttons helps streamline plans among large groups of friends.


As is the case with these small tests, it's unclear whether or not Reactions in Facebook Messenger will expand to all users at one point. Last year, the company began testing out a disappearing post feature within Messenger in Poland and Australia, called "Messenger Day." Earlier this year, it launched a similar feature, now called "Facebook Stories," but within the mainline Facebook app for users in Ireland. Neither Snapchat-like update has launched worldwide.

Update 3/23: Facebook has launched Reactions in Messenger worldwide, as well as introduced a new @ mentions feature for the separate messaging app.

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7 weeks ago

I avoid Facebook Messenger as much as possible. I'm gonna stick to iMessage and Whatsapp thanks!


Remind us again, whos the owner of Whatsapp?
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7 weeks ago

Macrumors removed their downvote button about what, 5 years ago?

For very good reason.

What is a good reason?
I think if you hide stuff based on downvotes that's a bad way to use it. However, simply showing that 100 people liked and and 200 people disliked should not be an issue.
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People actually use FB messenger? The only time I use it is if I or a friend want to “share” something from my/their feed. it’s the easiest way to do so. But for generic “chat?” No way.

Seems like you actually use it.
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7 weeks ago
Oh man. Facebook is about to become a lot more hostile place.
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7 weeks ago
Macrumors removed their downvote button about what, 5 years ago?

For very good reason.
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7 weeks ago
Oh no. Not a dislike button. However will Americans live their happy lovely lives if someone disagrees with them. That surely will pop their safe bubble.
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7 weeks ago

Macrumors removed their downvote button about what, 5 years ago?

For very good reason.


Please tell us why it's a good reason to remove the dislike button but not the like button.
For me we should get nothing at all or both.
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7 weeks ago

Well, that's the thing, there is a difference, unlike with disagreement, agreement often means agreement with the reasoning so there's really nothing to add beyond just something like "agree" or repeating the same reasoning as was already provided. And if there is, then someone could certainly post that actually adding something new/different. Seems like the "like" feature remained mostly in relation to that so that threads don't needlessly get cluttered up with "agree" posts that mostly either don't say anything more than that or just repeat the same reasoning and the same things again.

There are a number of discussions in the site and forum feedback section here about all of this with comments from the staff that go into more details and more explanations and discussions of it all.

Thank you - This is the first rational explanation I've seen as to why a "Like" button should exist without a "Dislike" option. Personally, I have always found it socially degrading to only allow people to "Like" (agree) with things you post online for several reasons: 1. It turns online social interaction into a competition for acceptance 2. It gives others a much easier way to express agreement with something than it does to express disagreement and 3. It promotes the idea that we should only be exposed to positivity in relation to our thoughts, while shunning the notion of opposition.

As to how you'd avoid cluttering threads with "agree" posts, I really have no answer. But then again, why is it socially acceptable to agree with something without explanation, but not to disagree? Why is the threshold different for diametrically opposing viewpoints?
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7 weeks ago

Please tell us why it's a good reason to remove the dislike button but not the like button.
For me we should get nothing at all or both.

The idea there has been that to agree with something not much of an explanation is needed, so in order to avoid cluttering up discussions with generic "+1" or "agree" or similar comments that don't really add much it's simpler to have a like/+1 feature to allow for that kind of thing. On the other hand, when disagreeing with something some reasoning is useful so that it's not just a meaningless putdown basically, so the idea there is to have someone actually post something with their reasoning for it.
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7 weeks ago

I avoid Facebook Messenger as much as possible. I'm gonna stick to iMessage and Whatsapp thanks!


Do realize FB owns WA right? As much as everyone loves that app, it's a crap show. Messenger isn't bad at all but it's FB!

No no and NO!

FB is a blight on this world and I will be happy the day it dies.
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7 weeks ago
We need the dislike button on public Facebook posts!!!
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