Facebook rolls out new “Hug” Reaction amid CoVID-19 Crisis

We all need comfort and connection.

Quarantine measures across the nation are necessary to combat the global pandemic. But while they are necessary for our fight, they can also very much help on our mental, emotional, and physical health. However, with the mandatory implementation of the 1-meter social distancing, we couldn’t get as much comfort as we could, especially the powerful hugs.

Fret not though because Facebook has been rolling out a new “hug” post reaction so you could digitally send your support, comfort, and love for anyone.

Currently available Facebook post reactions:

  • Angry
  • Haha (Laugh Out Loud)
  • Sad
  • Wow
  • Like (Thumbs Up)
  • Hug

The new hug reaction looks like a smiling emoji hugging a heart. If you’re using Messenger, you can also toggle the reaction on the message to a vibrating heart too.

“This idea of a hug reaction came back consistently as one of the emotions and feelings that were missing from reactions. So that’s something that was always on our minds,”

Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook APp

“And with the crisis that we are going through right now, there is no doubt that people need more compassion, more support.”

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