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The Facebook like button is being joined by more expressive options

Alternatives to the original are including sad, love, and angry to help users express themselves.

The like button on Facebook is an iconic part of online culture, but it is not without its limitations in allowing people who are using the social network to be able to properly express what they think.

For this reason, Facebook has been researching and testing alternatives to that option for quite some time.

Now, in about a half dozen countries, options beyond the like button have been tested out, in order to give users more options to more accurately say what they want to express. Among those options will be “angry”, “haha” as well as three others. They will first become available to the United States as well as the rest of the globe. That said, it’s important to note that it will not change the traditional option to “like” something someone has shared.

The new feature being added beyond the like button will be the Facebook “Reactions”.

Facebook Makes Change to Like ButtonThe reason is that there are many circumstances in which people would like to be able to provide a different kind of reaction or support, in which the word “like” simply does not seem appropriate. For example, if someone has announced that they’ve lost a loved one or a pet has run away, clicking the thumbs up symbol can feel like an unpleasant thing to do, even if the intention is to show support at such a difficult time.

Similarly, when someone shares a story about being wronged by someone else, you may want to show that you’ve read their post and you’re on their side, but clicking “like” just isn’t a direct reflection of what is actually being expressed.

Therefore, there is now an option rolling out that allows the like button to be held (or to have the mouse held over it) for a second or two, in order to open up the new Reactions alternatives, such as sad, angry, wow, haha, and love. This, according to the product design director at Facebook, Julie Zhuo, will make it possible to let users gain “greater control over their expressivity.”

Facebook may have deliberately crashed its own mobile app

Reports have been made that the social network deliberately sabotaged its own application to test user loyalty.

Facebook has now been accused of deliberately crashing its own mobile app as a part of a test of its user patience and loyalty so they can better understand how dedicated people are to the social network.

This isn’t the first time the social media platform has been involved in psychological testing of its users.

The accusation came in the form of a report published in The Information entitled “Facebook’s Android Contingency Planning.” The report stated that the social network was “testing how addicted Android phone users are to Facebook apps and making sure they can quickly download them directly from Facebook rather than through Google Play.” The publication said their source was an individual who was familiar with that specific experiment.

The suggestion in the report was that plans were being made in case the mobile app was taken down from Google Play.

Facebook Mobile App SabotageWithin the report, it said that “artificial errors” were deliberately introduced into the smartphone application which would cause it to crash “for hours at a time.” It claimed that the reason the test was being conducted was in order to “prepar[e] for the eventuality that it leaves the Google Play app store.”

As a part of this, the social network deliberately crashed their mobile application for some of its users, off-and-on, over a span of a number of weeks. The goal was to measure whether or not those individuals would prefer to visit the mobile website or whether they would simply give up on using Facebook. What they found was that users were, indeed, willing to use the mobile site instead of abandoning their use of that social network.

Allegedly, this entire psychological experiment on Facebook users was to find out whether or not users were addicted enough to the social network that they would continue to use the platform even if the mobile app were to face difficulties or even be removed from the Google Play Store. At the time of the writing of this article, Facebook had not yet made any official statements with regards to this accusation.