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Facebook brings back the Pride reaction—but there is a catch

The feature will only be available in areas hosting pride celebrations.

 

Phillip Tracy

Tech

Published Jul 6, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 12:43 am CDT

The Facebook Pride reaction is back—but only for select users.

The social network reinstated its rainbow flag icon for users in “major markets” with Pride celebrations. This comes just a few days before the main events at Pride in London, an annual LGBTQ festival estimated to bring one million people together.

“People in the major markets with Pride celebrations will be able to use a temporary rainbow reaction during local celebrations,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Daily Dot. “They can also like the [email protected] page to access the reaction, however, because this is a new experience we’ve been testing, the rainbow reaction will not be available everywhere.”

Facebook received backlash for killing off the reaction following Pride Month in the United States. Users questioned why they could only show their support for LGBTQ communities during the month of June.

https://twitter.com/samkalidi/status/881047906991484929

The removal of the rainbow flag even prompted the creation of a Change.org petition that has more than 11,000 supporters.

While it doesn’t appear Facebook will bring the feature back to the U.S. any time soon, users in the U.K., who were first able to use the reaction on Thursday morning, are feeling the love.

https://www.facebook.com/mvondee/posts/10155344722430915

With just days to go until Bristols very own pride, The pride reaction for Facebook is back !

Posted by Queenshilling on Thursday, July 6, 2017

https://www.facebook.com/Siany88/posts/10155023703734440

Unfortunately, users will no longer be able to use the reaction once local celebrations are over. They will, however, still be able to see the rainbow flag in the reaction count.

H/T Pink News

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*First Published: Jul 6, 2017, 2:17 pm CDT