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Facebook tests 'Reactions' - a more expressive Like button

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:35 IST

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a post, stated that the social media platform has launched the tests of Reactions- -- a more expressive Like button. The test of 'Reactions' will start in Ireland and Spain.

"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, "said Zuckerberg.

What is 'Reactions'?

As Zuckerberg explains- "Reactions gives you new ways to express love, awe, humor and sadness. It's not a dislike button, but it does give you the power to easily express sorrow and empathy -- in addition to delight and warmth. You'll be able to express these reactions by long pressing or hovering over the Like button."

He added that for many years, Facebook users have asked 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."

He revealed that the company has spent a lot of time thinking about the best way to offer better options for expressing onself, while keeping the experience simple and respectful.

"Today we're starting to test this," shared an excited Zuckerberg.

First published: 8 October 2015, 10:49 IST