'Like', 'Heart', 'Haha', 'Wow', 'Sad' and 'Angry' - the six emojis that have now become a standard feature of our Facebook timelines. We can react, according to how we feel.
This new idea by the social media company should get everybody liking and hearting (although undoubtedly, and unnecessarily, there'll be the odd angry face too). Facebook now has a 'Pride' reaction setting too.
The new emoji, set to the symbol of pride, the rainbow flag, will be available throughout the whole of June - the traditional month for which Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer people celebrate their way of life.
Facebook said in a post on Friday: "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."
It has extra meaning this year following the death of Gilbert Baker, the man who created the rainbow flag back in 1978, who passed away in March 2017.
Initial reaction to the move by Facebook has been positive across social media.
But you'll notice that it's not there right now. Maybe you can't react with a pride flag to this article? Well, there's a very simply process to get it:
- 1)Log into Facebook
- 2)Like the [email protected] page
- 3)You should now be able to react, whenever you want, with the rainbow flag!
Ryan Fanthorpe, manager at Heaven in Liverpool, told LADbible that the move is a great thing for Facebook to do.
"Over 1.28 billion people use Facebook, so what an amazing and exciting time that a company like this is deciding to make decisions such as the Pride reaction," he said.
"Facebook is a media tool where you are, and should be able to, express yourself to friends, followers and beyond."
Ryan also added that it's another step in the right direction, following on from the 'Thankful Flower' for Mothers' Day. He said: "Having the pride flag is great, not only for the LGBT+ community, but also for a greater group.
"For kids it may just stand for a pretty rainbow, but even with them using it, it will create a subliminal message as they read more in to the LGBT network and hopefully will feel it's a positive thing.
"For others, it's not just as each as going to a pride event but they might still like to support the community in their own way, this allows them to do this."
As for the haters? "There'll be people who say that this is too 'in your face' but it's harmless," Ryan said. "There more people who are exposed to our community, the more accepting they should be come.
"We're not born with hate, and with so many young people using Facebook it's crucial we ensure the positive message is always sent out."
Ryan concluded that it would be nice for it to remain whilst all Pride festivals take place, but approves Facebook varying from sexism to racism, and getting people "excited" about the next social change.
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