Reactions were first announced in November 2015, after many users had hoped for a dislike button to finally become a reality. Since then, Reactions have been tested in different markets around the world.
Today, Facebook announced they have been widely welcomed among users, and the platform is now ready to roll out Reactions to all users across the globe.
Facebook built its image around the “Like” button, but even Mark Zuckerberg himself admitted that this was not always the most appropriate way to react to some status updates on the network. This is the reason why Facebook will soon roll out 5 new Emoji Reactions.
“Love”, “Haha”, “Wow”, “Sad” and “Angry” will soon stand along the now famous blue thumbs up, and every single one of Facebook’s 1.6 billion users should gain access to them over the next few weeks, according to Bloomberg.
The imminent global launch of Reactions was also confirmed by Chris Cox, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer. However, no specific date has been announced yet.
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Facebook originally went out with 6 reactions but it seems “Yay” did not make it. A Facebook spokesperson explained that “Yay” was not universally understood enough.
Still no sign of a dislike button though. Mark Zuckerberg is not a fan, and most people at Facebook think it would be too negative. But worry not, you will still be able to use the “sad” and “angry” reaction Emoji to show your disapproval.