Facebook introduces new emoji 'care' reactions to its main app and in Messenger

It makes "care" the first addition to the reaction list, since it was extended back in 2015 from a basic "like" button to give users more empathetic, fast responses to posts.

Facebook introduces new emoji 'care' reactions to its main app and in Messenger

As many of us keep staying indoors, Facebook has become a go-to platform for many people to check in during the current coronavirus pandemic with their colleagues, families and neighbours. Today, to give us another way to show support and engagement in its apps, the company said it would add a new reaction for "care" — in the forms of an emoji face hugging a heart, and a pulsing heart — that will appear alongside the "thumbs up" for like, the simple heart, and the emojis of laughter, shock, sadness, and rage.

It makes "care" the first addition to the reaction list, since it was extended back in 2015 from a basic "like" button to give users more empathetic, fast responses to posts.

 

 

Starting next week, care emojis will begin appearing on Facebook's main app (the emoji face embracing the heart), while a new response will appear on Messenger (in the form of a pulsing heart) from today. You may see a new heart by pressing an existing reaction to change it, or by creating a new reaction to a conversation.

 

We hope these reactions give people additional ways to show their support during the #COVID19 crisis,” a spokesperson noted about the new emojis earlier today. “We know this is an uncertain time, and we wanted people to be able to show their support in ways that let their friends and family know they are thinking of them.

It looks like Pedja Ristic, a product designer on Facebook, was checking the reaction on his own posts, another clue that was coming.