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Facebook's 'Reactions' Buttons Are Here

Users now have 5 new emotions to choose from other than 'like'

(Newser) - The long-coveted "dislike" button hasn't arrived, but Facebook's newest enhancement may appease those who've been clamoring for more than the ubiquitous thumbs-up icon. There are five new "reactions" buttons joining the like symbol, TechCrunch reports: love, haha, wow, sad, and angry, all accessible when you... More »

Facebook 'Dislike Button' Won't Really Be a Dislike Button

Social network testing out 6 new emoji instead

(Newser) - You know that Facebook "dislike button" you're so excited about? It may not end up being a dislike button at all. As TechCrunch reports, Facebook is actually testing out what it calls "Reactions": six emoji that will join the iconic "Like" thumbs-up button underneath a person'... More »

We're Finally Getting a Facebook 'Dislike' Button

Or something of the sort

(Newser) - People have been calling for it for years, and Mark Zuckerberg said at a company town hall meeting today that a "dislike" button is finally coming to Facebook. "People have asked about the 'dislike' button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this,... More »

Facebook Could Offer Reactions Beyond 'Like': Zuckerberg

But 'dislike' button wouldn't be 'good for the world'

(Newser) - When a friend posts a sad piece of news on Facebook, you may want to show your emotional support—but clicking "Like" clearly isn't the right way to do so. "Often people tell us that they don't feel comfortable pressing 'like' because 'like' isn'... More »

First Amendment Protects Right to 'Like': Court

Sheriff allegedly let workers go over Facebook posts

(Newser) - The Founding Fathers, it seems, ensured our right to freedom of the press, freedom of assembly—and the freedom to "like." A federal judge yesterday ruled that the Facebook thumbs-up is part of our constitutionally protected free speech, CNN reports. It's the "Internet equivalent of displaying... More »

Online 'Likes': Just People Copycatting Each Other

Comments given a fake 'like' influenced future voters: study

(Newser) - What's in a "like"? Well, a good deal of influence over how other people will perceive something, the New York Times reports. A study that manipulated positive and negative reactions to website comments found that one "like" prompted people to follow suit, while negative votes had... More »

Lawmaker Outed for 'Liking' Violent, Racy Websites

Jersey City assemblyman dug 'Big Bootie Freaks'

(Newser) - A Jersey City Assemblyman has run into trouble after "liking" two pretty offbeat websites on Facebook—one of them dedicated to women with big behinds, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. Charles Mainor initially denied having "liked" Big Bootie Freaks and You Got Knocked the Fck Out Man, a... More »

This Vest 'Hugs' You With Every Facebook 'Like'

Like-a-Hug inflates to make you feel the love

(Newser) - Yes, we do enjoy those Facebook "likes" more than we usually admit—but is Like-a-Hug the answer? Designed by Melissa Kit Chow at MIT Media Lab, the "social media vest" will "hug" you by inflating whenever someone likes a status update, video, or photo you've posted... More »

Meet Facebook's Most-Liked Celeb

Eminem beats out Rihanna, Lady Gaga

(Newser) - It's all about Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber on Twitter, but when it comes to Facebook, Eminem wins. The rapper is the most popular artist on the site, the first to rack up 60 million fans . Rihanna is a close second with 59 million fans, E! reports, while Lady... More »

Are Companies Blowing Cash on Fake 'Likes'?

Phony Facebook users add to advertising concerns

(Newser) - The effectiveness of Facebook advertising is drawing more scrutiny, this time at the hands of the BBC . Companies shell out big bucks on ads designed to get users to "like" them—but many of the users who do so may be fake. One marketer who helped firms garner Facebook... More »

New Facebook Buttons: Read, Watched, Listened

Facebook will reveal buttons this week, says source

(Newser) - Facebook is taking its "Like" concept to the next level, and will launch new buttons—Read, Listened, and Watched—at its developer conference this week, a source tells TechCrunch . The buttons will appear on users' walls, allowing them to proclaim that they Read, Listened, or Watched content in their... More »

German Official: Facebook 'Like' Button Unlawful

Legislator says plug-in violates privacy laws

(Newser) - Facebook users in Germany probably won't like this news. A German official has ruled that the site's popular "like" plug-in violates European Union privacy laws, reports the Washington Post . The official says the feature tracks the habits of users, and sites based in his Schleswig-Holstein district will... More »

Facebook Changing News Feed Again

Get ready for even more of your actions to be shared

(Newser) - Get ready for lots of groaning to show up on your Facebook news feed: The social network is once again looking to make major changes to what you see on its home page. Currently, Facebook filters the information that shows up in your news feed, so you don't see... More »

That 'Like' Button Is Tracking You

But Facebook and other companies claim it's an unintentional side effect

(Newser) - Those ubiquitous “Like” buttons are a convenient way to quickly share hilarious videos and buzzed-about articles with all your Facebook friends—but they’re also a convenient way for Facebook to track you, the Wall Street Journal reveals. Facebook’s “Like,” Twitter’s “Tweet," and... More »

Couple Names Kid After Facebook's 'Like'

If ever there was a time for that elusive 'dislike' button

(Newser) - Let's see if this kid gets kicked off Mark Zuckerberg's website: The Huffington Post tells the tale of an Israeli couple who have named their defenseless infant girl "Like"—like, as in Facebook. But rather than trying for a cheap 15 minutes of fame, Lior and... More »

Google Unveils Its Version of Facebook's Like Button

+1 feature is rolling out on search results

(Newser) - Look out "Like" button, here comes Google's "+1." The company unveiled a new gizmo today—the "plus one" button—that mimics the general idea of Facebook's popular feature. The idea is that you'll be able to click on the button to designate things you like, and... More »

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