It seems like the wait could be over. We are finally getting a dislike button on Facebook. Just not where we had imagined it to be.
Reactions have been a success for Facebook, and the the company is now testing them in Messenger as well, as Reactions can often be a better and easier way to respond to friends. As part of this experiment, Facebook is also (finally) testing a Dislike button. In Messenger.
When hovering on a message received from a friend, you can choose between a heart-eyes, lol, wow, sad, or angry emoji, as well as a thumbs-up Like and… a thumbs-down Dislike! When part of a group conversation, Messenger will also show a Reaction counter that will tell everyone in the thread who and how many people reacted.
When contacted, Facebook confirmed the new feature, explaining that
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.
As you understand, this means Reactions are only being tested among a small number of Messenger users at this time. But if the test is successful, we can imagine seeing them (and the first Dislike button) coming to Messenger very soon.