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Facebook adds ‘love,’ ‘haha,’ ‘wow,’ ‘sad’ and ‘angry’ to its like button


Facebook has been testing Reactions in different markets since last year, and now the have been officially been rolled out globally.

With Reactions, you can do more than just “like” a Facebook post. “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,” “Sad,” and “Angry” are five new Facebook additional buttons that people can click when responding to a post.

”We’ve been listening to people and know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel. That’s why today we are launching Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way” Facebook Produc Manager Sammi Krug said in a blog post.

To add a reaction, hold down the Like button when using your mobile phone or if you are using a desktop hover over the Like button to see the reaction image options, then tap either Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry.

In September last year, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the company was thinking of adding a “dislike” button, generating  a debate over whether it would increase cyber bullying and negativity on the site. In October, the company said it would expand its signature “Like” button with various reactions, although it did not specify when this would be done. Reactions is an extension of the Like button. 

”Our community has been asking for a dislike button for years, but not because people want to tell friends they don’t like their posts. People wanted to express empathy and make it comfortable to share a wider range of emotions.” Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

Reactions are now available world wide for users despite the slow test and roll out.

 

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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