Facebook launches new emoji on reactions: Now you can react with a virtual hug on posts

Image via Alexandru Voica | Twitter
  • Facebook launches a new emoji for you to react on emotional posts where the love and the sad reaction is not enough
  • The emoji expresses “care” represented by a yellow cartoon face with arms that embrace a red heart
  • The reaction is also available on Messenger represented by a multi-hued bluish-red pulsating heart

Facebook innovates to keep up and show empathy on the current scenario we are in today.

Image via Alexandru Voica | Twitter

Starting next week, the social media giant will release a new emoji that still has the yellow-colored cartoon face but with arms that embrace a red heart.

The hug emoji is used to express “care” and is a new addition to the existing reactions — love, laughter, sadness, anger and awe.

Facebook Spokesperson Alexandru Voica, tweeted on Friday, “We’re launching new care reactions on Facebook app 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.”

Head of the Facebook app Fidji Simo explained that the care reaction shows more empathy and emotional support more than the sad or love responses.

Image capture of video by Alexandru Voica | Twitter

“As we’ve spoken with people about the kinds of emotions they want to convey in relation to posts they see in their NewsFeed, the hug is one of the most frequently suggested ideas,” Simo said.

On Messenger, this care reaction is represented by a multi-hued bluish-red pulsating heart. Rolling off this new feature has started.

According to Statista, Facebook has over 2.4 billion users globally as of January 2020. India ranks first, with 260 million users surpassing the US with 180 million users. The Philippines landed on the 6th spot with 70 million,

We can’t wait to use this new update and react to posts. Virtual hug, Facebook!