In celebration of Pride month, Facebook has rolled out a new ‘reaction’ button that looks like a small rainbow flag in support of the LGBTQ community. The problem is that it only seems to be available to certain people in certain places, and people, understandably confused, are demanding answers from Facebook on why citizens of every nation aren’t included in what is meant to be a a worldwide celebration of love and acceptance.
The first hurdle on the track came in the form of Facebook requiring users to like their LGBTQ community page in order to access the rainbow reaction, a condition they haven’t placed on other occasions such as Mother’s Day and Halloween. Even more worrisome is the fact that users from certain countries have no access to the button at all, and we’re not just talking about Egypt and Malaysia, where being gay is a punishable crime. Canadians, Danes, Portuguese, and even some Americans have also reported the absence of the tiny flag despite ‘liking’ the LGBTQ page as asked, a stark contrast to Facebook’s earlier claim that it would be sent to people in “major markets with pride celebrations”. Clearly, they’ve never attended Toronto’s parade.
Though the social media giant hasn’t commented further on the issue as of yet, Facebook users are already speculating up a storm, with theories encompassing everything from simply a slow international launch to attempted protection of nationals from countries where being LGBTQ is a punishable crime, such as Egypt and Malaysia.
Scroll down to see the story first-hand, as well as the Internet’s surprising host of reactions, and don’t forget to add your input in the comments section!
Facebook has rolled out a new ‘reaction’ button – a rainbow flag, to celebrate Pride month
Image credits: LGBTQ@Facebook
Soon after its release, however, some users realised they weren’t included in the celebration
Facebook had previously said that the button would be for people in “major markets with pride celebrations”
The tiny flag’s availability seems to be following a mysterious, other pattern, though
Some users offered possible reasons why Facebook’s LGBTQ love wasn’t extended to all countries
Others… Well, they just had general opinions to offer
At the end of the day, many people just agreed with one individual’s indifference on the whole thing
What do you think, Pandas? Do you have the Pride reaction button where you live? Tell us in the comments below!
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