Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung may be beginning to suspect that people in his city don’t particularly like him after receiving over 77,000 “angry” likes on a single post in less than a day thanks to Facebook’s new reactions.
While Facebook’s original “Like” button may not be indicative of how users are feeling, the recently introduced emoji feature definitely gives insight to how people are reacting to content on the site.
Leung, Hong Kong’s top official, received over 75,000 angry reactions for his most recent post yesterday covering Hong Kong;s Employers’ Federation. A fairly new user to Facebook, Leung signed up last year and began posting and uploading pictures to his personal page. Though he allowed users to like or unlike his posts, Leung disabled his comments.
However, hours after Facebook changed its historical “like” system on Wednesday, Leung’s posts from as far back as last October have received tens of thousands of angry faces.
While disgruntled comments by users can be deleted from his page, Facebook’s new interface leaves Leung few options to defend himself from the fury of angry emoticons. Even a photo of his dogs, Bond and Speedy, have been met with thousands of angry emoticons.
While his Facebook may speak for itself, Leung is not a popular figure in Hong Kong, especially during the pro-democracy protests in 2014. Many of the protesters, who were students, demanded his resignation and the election of a new leader via a democratic process.