Thumbs down: Facebook to trial dislike button

Now there is talk of the feature coming to Messenger, too, with the company reportedly testing emoji and a dislike button within the chat app.

The test is centered around what basically are thumbs up or a thumbs down emojis being added to the list of Facebook's other emoji reaction options, like love, laughter, wow, sad and angry. "This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings on a message", they said to the technology news platform.

Facebook users have been wanting a dislike button for some time now, and although 2017 might be the year in which they finally get it, it won't be where you'd expect. Instead of adding it to the current Reactions button for posts, the company is testing the feature in Messenger.

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The so-called Messenger Reactions are likely to be made available to all users in the coming weeks as soon as they prove themselves in the test.

For the record, the Facebook Messenger "Reactions" feature does not yet appear for all users. In addition to the dislike button, there are also the reaction options "Likes", "Love", "Haha", "Wow" and "Sad", known from Newsfeed. It is part of the reaction emojis that can be attached to a message in the chat.

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It remains to be seen if such a button will eventually arrive.

The thumbs-down button in the Messenger app will be the most prominent position given to a "negative" or "no" feature added to the social network.

As of this moment the company is rolling out this feature to a limited number of users.

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The update to Messenger appears to be similar to a recent iOS update Apple introduced to its Messages app. So, it is possible that new reactions may never make it to the chat solution. The social giant says that lots of people use messenger for coordinating with a group of people and reactions will make that easier. Since its inception, however, the absence of the Dislike option has been noted.

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