Facebook’s flower emoticon attracted a lot of confused responses with many users surprised to find the purple flower emoticon along with the other six already existing reactions ( 'like', 'love', 'wow ', 'haha', 'sad' and 'angry') for posts.
When you react with the flower emoji on any post, it says 'Thankful', confusing many on what it really means. So people decided to give it their own meaning.
So, @facebook quietly added a "grateful" reaction overnight. The emoji is a purple flower. A little strange. Not sure when I'll use that.
— Ben Smeaton (@benny_s_1992) May 12, 2017
I think there is another emoji created by Facebook looks like purple flower. It can be given to anybodies crush or girlfriend
— Sarthak Shiv Raj (@sarthak_512) May 12, 2017
What's the new purple "flower" emoji on FB even mean? You can't use a non emotional emoji to comment on a Trump article?! Fuck your flower!
— Katie Anderson (@crimsonclover31) May 12, 2017
Some users were happy with the new emoji even without knowing what it really means.
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There's a new emoji. Its a purple flower <3 I guess I'll be a lot more thankful now! :D
— Kahala Azuma Maui (@kahalalei) May 12, 2017
Have you seen what happens when you choose the purple flower reaction emoji?? It's in the options with the "like"! Super cute!
— Lauren Moderow (@LuvlyLashLady) May 12, 2017
Others have their own ideas about what Facebook should add.
Facebook added a purple flower emoji as a reaction but not the eye roll. Not cool. 🙄
— Sarah (@sarahliz531) May 12, 2017
I'm glad Facebook added a grateful reaction emoji, but I still think an eye roll or middle finger would have been more useful.
— Laura (@ReallyLaLa1) May 12, 2017
Now you can even 'react' to comments on Facebook
Facebook finally shed some light on the development and clarified that the emoji, in fact, is a temporary reaction to mark Mother’s Day which falls this Sunday, May 14, The Economic Times reported.
So, while many of us will be buying flowers for the inspiring women in our lives, Facebook is offering you a digital version of that.
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This is not the first time Facebook has introduced this reaction. Even last year on Mother’s Day, Facebook introduced the flower emoji which disappeared once the day was over.
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