Twitter is testing Facebook-style emoji reactions for users in Turkey for a limited time.
As seen by TechCrunch, users in the region will be able to reply to tweets using 😂, 🤔, 👏, 😢, and ❤.
While the new reactions are currently only available to users in Turkey, Twitter says it could expand the testing feature elsewhere.
This new feature comes after Twitter surveyed users in March on how they would respond if the site took a Facebook-like approach to engaging with tweets, as well as which emojis they would want to use the most.
1 / Şimdi belirli bir süre için Türkiye’de Twitter Reaksiyonlarını test ediyoruz. Bunu gördüğünüzde, gerçekten ne düşündüğünüzü bize bildirmek için Beğen’e uzunca basın 🤔😢😂👏❤️ pic.twitter.com/a6jXp8DdR6
– Twitter Türkiye (@TwitterTurkiye) September 9, 2021
According to Twitter, the ‘laughing tears’ face emoji is the most used emoji in Tweets. Some users stated that negative feelings such as irritation and anger (😡) after reading tweets are common, but Twitter has not included those emojis in its experiment for now. “Our goal is always to support healthy public conversation and we want to see how our current set of emoji will affect conversations,” the company said in its press release.
Twitter is also hoping that the new feature and positive emojis will boost happy feelings on the platform, which is otherwise notorious for its toxicity.
Twitter users in Turkey can now use the new feature to express how they feel through emojis in the Twitter app on iOS and Android smartphones and on the web.
Twitter has been hard at work with updates and test experiments in recent weeks, including the ability to hide old tweets, edge-to-edge media in your feed, thematic discussion groups called ‘Communities’, remove followers without blocking them, a new Mode security and pay-per-view content with the new ‘Super Follows’ feature.
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