Facebook users angry that ‘thankful’ emoji disappears

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In these fraught times, we could all use a bit more gratitude – but Facebook thinks it’s only seasonal. They’ve pulled the new “thankful” emoji.

Over Mother’s Day weekend, Facebook users began seeing a flower-shaped “reaction emoji,” signifying thankfulness.

The purple flower joined the thumbs-up “like”, red-hearted “love”, gasping “wow”, cry-laughter “haha”, teary “sad” and red-faced “angry.” On certain posts and Facebook Live videos, using the button rained the flowers across the post.

Facebook faithful used the button to show appreciation for their moms, plus pictures of other people’s mothers shared across Facebook timelines. But the reaction was also used for non-matriarchal appreciations, like friends’ birthdays and interesting articles.

The purple flower made its first appearance last year – also for a limited Mother’s Day run – but this time, once-thankful users are clicking the little orange “angry” face.

Facebook temporarily brought back the flower emoji as part of its lineup of reactions when users like a post.
Facebook temporarily brought back the flower emoji as part of its lineup of reactions when users like a post.

Users on Twitter expressed how much they’d like to keep the button.

“Did @facebook already kill the “thankful” emoji? I actually liked that one,” said one Tweep.

The button seemed to have brought a positive mindset for another Twitter user. “@facebook: Please bring back the “thankful” emoji. It’s a wonderful little reminder to feel gratitude. #positivepsychology #mentalhealth”

“Facebook should keep the purple flower emoji for good ???? let’s all be thankful for everything!”

It’s ok,” said another, “since it’s in its second year I’m used to not having it… now I can look forward to it again! (Much like people do with the Pumpkin Spice Lattes.)”

Not everyone cared about the emoji, however.

“I didn’t care about it one way or the other BUT I think FB’s biggest mistake is not having an “eyeroll” reaction emoji.”

by Constance Gibbs – nydailynews.com