Recently, Facebook has unveiled a new reaction emoji – the rainbow flag, in addition to the standard “like”, “heart”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad” and “angry” reactions. This new “pride” emoji is added on Facebook to recognize the hundreds of Pride events taking place across the world this month.
The flag is often used as a celebration of the community by LGBTI individuals and their allies. According to Facebook, the rainbow flag emoji will be available on the platform throughout June – Pride month for the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ activist Gilbert Baker, who died in March 2017, has created the iconic rainbow flag in 1978 as a symbol of visibility, and the flag has since become an international sign for the LGBTQ community.
“We believe in building a platform that supports all communities. So we’re celebrating love and diversity this Pride by giving you a special reaction,” Facebook announced in a post on Saturday.
But not everyone on Facebook has been able to immediately access the rainbow reaction. If you want to add the rainbow flag to your reactions, here’s how you can get it.
- Log into Facebook.
- Like the LGBTQ@Facebook page.
It’s that easy! Now, the new rainbow flag emoji appears alongside the normal emojis, when you hover your finger or mouse over the Like button.
NOTE: If it doesn’t appear straight away, you may need to log out and log back in again, or restart your app on mobile.
In addition to the sticker, you can also use Pride profile photo, camera, and messenger features. You’re now ready to spread rainbow pride across Facebook!As a side note, Google is also celebrating LGBT Pride Month by displaying rainbow artwork along the sides of its search results, when you enter keywords like “LGBT”, “LGBT Pride Month” and “gay rights”.