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Hong Kong internet users are taking full advantage of a new function on Facebook to express negative emotions about local government officials.

The social media giant on Friday unveiled a feature

on the site that allows users to react to posts with five new emotive icons named “love”, “wow”, “haha”, “sad” and “angry”, alongside the more familiar “like” button.

Internet users wasted no time in using the new function to make their feelings known to local officials, with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s profile subjected to a wave of anger on Friday.

A photo of Leung attending a spring reception for the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong was plastered with 16,000 “angry” emoticons in just two hours after it was published. Some 300 people “liked” the post, while 81 gave it a “sad” icon.

A meagre 23 people expressed “love” for the photo.

In contrast, reaction to Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah’s Facebook profile was more positive.

A photo of the financial secretary meeting Michel Sapin, France’s minister for finance and public accounts, saw 20 Facebook users award it a “wow” icon and 16 express “love” within an hour.

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