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Facebook bins ‘dislike’ button for six features


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Facebook are rolling out six new emojis across Spain and Ireland by the end of this week but how many of them will you use?

Despite the billions of people using the Like button each month, there have always been calls for a Dislike ‘thumbs-down’ button too.

Well, this week Facebook are introducing six new emojis to express different emotions in response to posts on the social networking site.

The new icons include love, laughter, supportive cheer, surprise, sadness and anger.

The buttons will initially only be available to users in Spain and Ireland – but they could go worldwide if they prove successful.

Adam Mosseri, who oversees Facebook’s news feed, said the company will assess how people in those countries use the buttons and will refine them before unveiling them to the 1.5 billion users.

Mark E. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive said last month that the company had planned to test a “Dislike” button.


Mark Zuckerberg

“I do think it’s important to give people more options than just Like,” he said.

While none of the new icons are a Dislike button, the angry and sad icons effectively display negative emotions.

And with more users looking at Facebook on their mobile phones, the need for reaction buttons has never been greater.

Mr Mosseri said that they chose those particular emotions by looking at which emojis people frequently used on posts.

“We tried to find the ones that are most universally used,” he said.

The Sun

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