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Facebook Are Testing A 'Dislike' Button -- Well, Sort Of

It's not where you'd expect.

06/03/2017 12:58 PM AEDT | Updated 06/03/2017 2:26 PM AEDT

Facebook are finally trialling a 'dislike' button and quite controversially it's not going to be on people's posts like the world has been asking for.

The button will be trialled in the Messenger app as a reaction to people's comments. They're pitching it as a 'no' button but it looks like a 'dislike' to the rest of the world.

It was widely agreed that when the social media platform rolled out their reaction buttons on posts in late 2015, one seemed to missing -- the hotly contested 'dislike' button.

Even though the button is coming to people's screens it will be featured in the app, allowing people to post a thumbs down amongst several other reactions.

Anyone who has used Slack knows that the in app comment reactions aren't exactly new or revolutionary but Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch they are giving it a go.

"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," they said to the technology news platform.

If you are wondering why there isn't a thumbs down button in the news feed, it's because Facebook thinks it would inject to much negativity which is totally fair enough.

What's different about Messenger? They claim that the new reaction button in the app is actually a 'no' button rather than a 'dislike' to be used when trying to organise things.

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