Facebook wanted to celebrate Gay Pride Month accordingly, so it introduced a special emoji reaction featuring the rainbow flag, the symbol of the LGBTQ community. This outraged several Christian groups, who demanded that Facebook should also introduce religious emojis as well, such as a cross. However, the social media platform declined these requests.
The rainbow flag emoji spiced a lot of controversy
On June 9th, Facebook got involved in this intense debate regarding gay rights, and decided to show its support for the LGBTQ community by introducing a special pride emoji. This reaction was available only temporarily, and was supposed to be a symbol of love and diversity. However, this action led to plenty of outrage.
Although the rainbow flag emoji was temporary, and it is no longer available on the platform, there were some people who were visibly disturbed by it. Several groups of Christians showed hostility against this action, and claimed the social media service promoted anti-Christianity and sin.
Christians ask for a cross emoji
One user decided to take one step further away from protesting on Facebook and blocking other users who used the rainbow flag emoji. Hikmat Hanna created a meme in which he asked Facebook to introduce a cross emoji. This meme has been shared by the well-known Evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, and then it started spreading across the Christian community.
However, Facebook won’t take it. A spokesperson declared there is currently no cross emoji available, and the company is not planning to create one any time soon. Therefore, unfortunately for Christians, the social media platform won’t introduce any special emoji for them.
If you didn’t get involved in this debate in favor any of the sides, but you are interested in emojis, you can actually use more than the already available reactions. You only have to use Facebook on a browser, and to install a Reaction Pack add-on. Then, you can download any emoji you want.
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