Facebook ISN’T making a 'dislike' button – they’re giving us something better

By Kirstin Buick
09 October 2015

'Liking' is so 2009.

Facebook fans were over the moon when creator Mark Zuckerberg announced the social media site was finally caving to demands for a 'dislike' button - but it seems the alternative to the orginal 'like' button he promised is much more involved than that.

Now users will be able to choose one of several emoticons to make their feelings about friends' statuses, posts and photos known.

With the new expressive like button, you'll be able to express love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness and anger..

"As you can see, it's not a 'dislike' button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly," Facebook chief product officer, Chris Cox, said in a post.

"Starting today Ireland and Spain can start loving, wow-ing, or expressing sympathy to posts on Facebook by hovering or long-pressing the Like button wherever they see it. We’ll use the feedback from this to improve the feature and hope to roll it out to everyone soon."

If you're a fan of the good, er, old fashioned thumb, don't despair, that's still an option too!

Check out this video below to see how it's going to work.

Sources: bbc.co.u, techcrunch.com

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