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Facebook starts testing out the ‘Dislike’ button – and it has a twist we didn’t see coming

Facebook Dislike Button Emoji Test

You’ll now be able to tell your friends that you dislike something they’ve posted on Facebook, although doing so won’t just be a matter of clicking a simple thumbs-down icon. Instead, as TechCrunch reports, Facebook is unveiling a full bar of emoji next to its iconic Like button that includes faces for laughing, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger, as well as an option to tell someone you “love” their post. This way, you’ll be able to be more nuanced in your less-than-positive reactions than just telling someone you dislike something.

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For your reference, here is what the new interface will look like:

Sadly, you won’t be able to access it if you’re in the United States just yet — it seems that only Spain and Ireland are getting this option for the time being in early tests.

Facebook tells TechCrunch that it chose Spain and Ireland because “both have largely national user bases without extensive international friend networks, so they work better as closed test groups” and because those countries respectively speak Spanish and English, two of the world’s most common languages.

There’s no word yet on when this feature will roll out to other users around the world but we can’t imagine Facebook waiting too long to bring it worldwide since this is a hugely anticipated feature.

To learn more about how the emoji bar on Facebook will work, check out TechCrunch’s full report here.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.