Facebook Will Soon Let You Use Its New Care Reaction on Its Main App and Messenger App

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Facebook’s reactions are getting a new addition. Apart from the like, love, haha, wow, sad, angry reactions launched in late 2015, the social media giant is adding a new care reaction.

The new hug reaction will be implemented differently on its main app and on the messenger app and will be meant to show empathy to posts shared on the platform.

The Facebook app will have an animated emoji hugging a heart that is meant to express compassion and support and show that you care about the person who shared the post be it a friend or family during the current COVID-19 pandemic.


On the messenger app, Facebook has opted to go with a pulsating purple-ish heart.

Both are aimed at helping people feel “more connected” as they stay indoors practising social distancing to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The heart reaction is now live on Messenger while the hug reaction will be rolling out globally starting next week.


Facebook has seen a surge in use during this pandemic as more people go online to fight the boredom of being cooped up inside.

This has also led to an increase in the spread of misinformation on the platform and the company began rolling out anti-misinformation messages to the news feeds of people who’ve engaged with false coronavirus information. Disinformation researchers lauded the move with others saying that more needs to be done.

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