Steps to Enable Care Emoji in Facebook and the Pumping Heart in Messenger

Most people in the world right now are going through a challenging time due to this pandemic disease (COVID-19), and many are finding it hard to cope with the inability to support their friends or family members with a simple hug. As Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook App, explains in a recent interview.

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

This is why Facebook is launching two new "Care" reactions. It is the seventh reaction on Facebook in addition to the six existing ones, and a pulsating heart reaction on Messenger. The new reactions were announced late last week in a Tweet by Facebook’s EMEA Tech Communications Manager, Alexandru Voica.

Some time ago, Facebook decided it wouldn’t be adding any more special Reactions, but the current COVID-19 situation is extraordinary. As Voica explains, “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.”

Both emojis will show up beside the existing range of “thumbs up” and other emoji reactions that are available on the platform, as shown in the image above. Therefore, users need not worry about how to enable hug reaction on Facebook, as it will automatically show up once available. However, you need to make sure that your app is always up to date to be able to get the new emojis.

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