After stubbornly refusing to embrace animated GIFs, Facebook is beginning testing of a dedicated button that lets users post GIFs from sites like Giphy and Tenor as comments. Facebook confirmed the upcoming feature in an email to Engadget.
“Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments. “So we’re about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and we’ll share more when we can, but for now we repeat that this is just a test.”
Facebook will begin testing the new button in a small subset of users just like any other experimental feature, and if it catches on will roll it out to the general public. It’ll work much like the GIF button in Facebook Messenger where users browse trending GIFs and search for specific reaction GIFs available, though you still can’t upload your own GIF to use directly without going through a third-party service like Giphy.