Belfast Telegraph

Facebook to test 'reaction' emoticons on Irish users

Irish social media fans look set to become guinea pigs for Facebook's new reaction emoticon buttons.

The popular social network is set to launch the new series of 'reaction' buttons which will allow users to express more emotions than just 'like', with Facebookers in Ireland and Spain chosen to be the first subscribers to test drive the new system before it is rolled out to the rest of the world.

Users based in the Republic will have the opportunity to tell their online friends whether they're feeling love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness or anger with the new tool, which is expected to be put on a trial run soon.

According to a report on tech website Engadget, hovering over the like button on Facebook will reveal up the seven round icons with different emotions, which can then be selected.

Facebook's product manager Chris Tosswill explained that the new 'reactions' will help the company to filter the posts that appear in users' newsfeeds.

"Initially, just as we do when someone likes a post, if someone uses a reaction, we will infer they want to see more of that type of post," Tosswill explained.

"We will spend time learning from this initial roll-out."

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