Facebook patent reveals what its ’empathy’ button might look like

Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company is working on a way for users to express dislike for a post without leaving a comment. If these patents hint anything about what’s in store, expect to see something very Slack-like.

Facebook has its own set of emoji art, but based on the patent illustration, it may limit users to a handful of emoticons to avoid cluttering the post. The mockups below show that user icons may also appear next to the emoji reactions to display exactly who ‘liked’ or ’empathized’ with a post.