Just what we need
Amidst the Coronavirus lockdowns and physical distancing practiced worldwide, it seems that Facebook knows that we all need some extra support during this pandemic.
The social media giant has dropped ‘Hug Reactions‘ on Facebook and Messenger to specifically show physical affection and ‘for when a regular heart doesn’t feel like enough‘.
On Facebook, we will launch a seventh Reaction alongside the existing six. The new Care Reaction will start rolling out next week globally and you can use it to react to posts, comments, images, videos, or other content on the app and https://t.co/t0PZL74vjg pic.twitter.com/PkpbCoPc4F
— Alexandru Voica (@alexvoica) April 17, 2020
‘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,’ said Facebook’s Alexandru Voica via Twitter
Nestled between the heart and laugh reactions, the adorable new hug react aims to be a more tangible way of sending love – as you’ll be reacting to the person posting rather than the post itself.
Meanwhile, the Messenger app will get a purple vibrating heart in lieu of the hug. Kinda wish it was the hug though.
The new feature will slowly drop worldwide starting this week, as Facebook is still on the fence if they’ll keep the hug as a permanent reaction or a special addition for the ongoing crisis.
Virtual hugs everyone