The reaction is the seventh to be added and will be available alongside those previously released.
A spokesperson for Facebook made the announcement on 17 April, sharing that the site hopes “these reactions will give people additional ways to show their support during the #COVID19 crisis”.
We’re launching new Care reactions on @facebookapp and @Messenger as a way for people to share their support with one another during this unprecedented time.
We hope these reactions give people additional ways to show their support during the #COVID19 crisis. pic.twitter.com/HunGyK8KQw
— Alexandru Voica (@alexvoica) April 17, 2020
The reaction will appear in two forms, depending on where users utilise it. For those who use the site’s desktop and mobile app, it will take the form of an emoji face hugging a heart, while those on Facebook Messenger will see it as a pulsing heart.
Those wishing to use the pulsing heart will need to hold down the default, unanimated one when reacting to a post. From there, they will be given the option to change the symbol to the new one. Those wishing to change it back need only follow the same process.
Writing on Twitter, the spokesperson said:
“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.”
The “care” reaction is slated to be released globally next week.
Facebook is set to begin warning users when they interact with fake COVID-19 posts. Alternatively, you could read about Snapchat launching its COVID-19 business resource centre.
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