While Facebook and Instagram have rolled out a bunch of themed filters to celebrate Pride Month this June, the Pride flag react button won’t be making a comeback, Business Insider reports.
“We are no longer doing custom reactions for major holidays or moments in culture,” Facebook spokeswoman Lisa Stratton told BI. While the social networking site hasn’t confirmed exactly why the reactions will no longer be available, users have made their feelings about the decision pretty clear on Twitter.
if Facebook doesn't include the pride react this month then what am i even gay for
— Greg Mania (@gregmania) June 1, 2018
me: stop co-opting pride month with rainbow capitalism
also me: where the FUCK is my facebook pride react
— Leonard Bopp (@leonard_bopp) June 2, 2018
okay zuckerberg the least you can do to apologize for selling my data to cambridge analytica is give me back my pride react
— lisa 💖💜💙 (@deliawithit) June 3, 2018
if Zuckerburg isn't bringing the pride react back we gotta get it on Twitter somehow. anyone here know how to code
— Sub-Radio (@subradioband) June 1, 2018
It is June of twentygayteen, I will not be using Facebook until the Pride react comes back.
— Chris Vance (@ChristopherVan6) June 1, 2018
Pride-themed filters and stickers will be available year-round on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, however.
Facebook began dabbling with reactions in 2016 with the rollout of Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry, which are all still available on posts. It was after the success of these standard issue responses that the network started to release custom options.
Savvy users might have already noticed that the cull of custom reactions earlier in the year, with the purple flower reaction absent around Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, this also means that cultural events such as Star Trek’s 50th anniversary won’t be getting a temporary button, either.
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