Facebook Explains Why Some People Won't Get The Rainbow LGBT Pride Reaction
Haven't been able to access the Facebook "pride" reaction that your friends have been using?
It may have something to do with where you live.
According to reports, users in countries with anti-LGBT laws, like Russia, Singapore, Egypt, Palestine, Bahrain, Lebanon, are unable to access the pride reaction.
Facebook’s approach to its pride-reaction rollout is drawing criticism from some who think it’s playing into the hands of repressive governments. “This is shameful,” Jillian C. York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote on Twitter. “Facebook isn't even ‘kowtowing’ to anti-gay states, they're doing their job for them."
In a post on June 5 announcing the new LGBT-themed reaction, Facebook said “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 to use during Pride Month.” To access the reaction, Facebook asked users to like its LGBTQ@Facebook page.
“Because this is a new experience we’ve been testing, the rainbow reaction will not be available everywhere,” the company said in a blog post.