The filter has proved popular, and news feeds have been filling up with the France flag, but some are questioning Facebook’s selective show of support.
France was not the only country where tragedy has occurred in recent days. On 12th of November that is on Thursday, a double suicide attack rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut leaving more than 30 dead. On Twitter, some have begun questioning why Facebook is actively encouraging users to show their support for France(Paris) but not for Lebanon(Beirut).
Dear Facebook: Nice French flag overlay. But how do I change my profile picture to show solidarity with the people of Beirut?
— ror (@Aurora_Hyseni) November 15, 2015
Hey Facebook can we get a Beirut color option also for profile pics.
— Sanjay Manaktala (@smanak) November 14, 2015
Facebook’s double standard on clear display –> Enabling users to show support for Paris with French flag on DP — but why not for Lebanon?
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) November 15, 2015
Although not native to Facebook’s website, for those users interested in supporting additional countries in crisis, an easy-to-use alternative exists.
If you’d like to change your Facebook or Twitter profile picture to support both France and Lebanon, or any other country where violence and terror is disrupting the lives of citizens, you can use the LunaPic tool.
So, How To Make Your Support DP:
1.Visit LunaPicTool Website
2. Simply choose the desired flag overlay
3. Upload your profile photo
4. You can show support for two countries at once
5. Then save and upload to social media
In what has been considered further evidence of double standards on the part of Facebook, the company activated its “safety check” feature in Paris — a tool that lets users in disaster areas notify friends they’re safe – but did not in the Lebanese capital. Paris was the first time “safety check” has been activated in circumstances other than a natural disaster.
The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in apparent response to the criticism, has said in a Facebook post “safety check” will be activated “for more human disasters going forward.”
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